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200 men to benefit from free prostate cancer screening

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first_img…with aid of new technologyIn an effort to reduce the number of cancer-related deaths locally, the Guyana Cancer Foundation has embarked on a new project whereby 200 men will be able to benefit from free prostate cancer screening beginning today.The process will be done via a new type of screening which was launched at GTT’s Pinktober.This was related by the founder of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Bibi Hassan during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday.According to her, the new screening programme – the Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) will replace the physical test. With the PSA, a blood sample will be taken and tested for cancer.Hassan said that the Foundation continued in its quest, with the help of its major sponsors – GTT; Scotiabank; Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI); Twins Manufacturing Chemists and several others.According to Hassan, the screening is applicable to men 35 years and older. She informed that the men would be required to have a brief interview with her before a decision is made whether they were actually in need of the screening. Hassan did, however, point out that men would not be turned down because of their financial ability since the Foundation was there to assist everyone.Men who are interested in having themselves screened for the dreaded disease can contact the founder on 618-2085 or visit the newly-commissioned office at Lot 9 Third Avenue and Sheriff Street, Subryanville, Georgetown Monday to Friday between 11:00h and 17:30h.The screening programme is being done in collaboration with the Woodlands Hospital. The cost for a prostate cancer screening is usually about $12,000 at other locations in the country. Hassan informed that this screening programme would continue until the Foundation reached its 200-person target.In addition to this programme for men, the Foundation also has an ongoing breast cancer screening for 200 women; close to 100 women have already taken advantage of the service.Last month was dedicated to prostate cancer awareness, while October has been dubbed Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the world.According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data published in 2017, prostate cancer deaths in Guyana reached 89 or 1.54 per cent of total deaths. The age adjusted death rate is 44.40 per 100,000 persons, ranking Guyana at number 13 in the world.A report from the Public Health Ministry back in 2014 showed that cancer was the third leading cause of mortality in Guyana with Ischemic Heart Diseases coming at second and Cerebrovascular Diseases at number one. Prostate, breast, lung and cervical cancers are the main categories affecting the Guyanese population.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the report shows that during the period 2004-2011, over 3400 persons died from various forms of cancer, with the largest number of deaths being 621 in 2011.Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate – a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.It is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Usually prostate cancer grows slowly and is initially confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.When this type of cancer is detected early, or while it is still confined to the prostate gland, it has a better chance of successful treatment.While it may show little or no symptoms in early stages, but trouble urinating, blood in semen and erectile dysfunction are a few of the serious warning signs men experience.last_img read more

Darwinians Looking for Forgiveness – in Apes

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first_imgForgiveness, a seemingly distinctive human trait, must have its roots in ape social behavior, believe some evolutionary biologists.  According to MSNBC News, the state of Iowa got a lot of money for researching this topic:Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, lead scientist, said the four-month project studying bonobos [pygmy chimps] will be funded by a $125,000 grant from the Richmond, Va.-based Campaign for Forgiveness Research….    Savage-Rumbaugh said many people believe forgiveness is a concept which only applies to humans.  The research center’s hypothesis is that it is not a process of species, and that like other social behaviors, “forgiveness is a set of patterned interactions that can be imparted to a group by how its newest members are treated,” according to a news release.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)She believes that forgiveness cannot be understood deeply only by studying humans, “because we are too close to these processes in ourselves to objectify them.”To an evolutionist, “patterned interactions” among individuals of a species are an emergent property of patterned interactions of molecules.  Since Ms. Savage-Rumbaugh appears to be operating with a naturalistic paradigm, forgiveness, to her, has its roots ultimately in hydrogen.  She could save a lot of money by looking for forgiveness among bacteria in a petri dish; it’s only a pattern of interactions, anyway, with no moral connotations.  Since morals have no absolute existence in the Darwinian mind (see “Morality without religion?” by Dave Miller on Apologetics Press), forgiveness is only a game that populations of organisms play (see 02/10/2004 entry).  No moral laws have been violated when a fungus or an elk or a pigeon have played the part of defector and other individuals punish it, or reward it with a behavior called “forgiveness” when it changes its strategy and decides to cooperate.    You cannot objectify forgiveness without destroying it any more than you can quantify love in equations, or put the soul in a test tube.  This is the bitter end of naturalistic reductionism.  It destroys everything it touches: design, altruism, romance, self-sacrifice, morals, and now forgiveness.  Nothing is real any more.  There are only shadows and dreams emerging like phantoms from chemical vapors.  This means there is nothing really worth fighting for, worth dying for, worth living for.  Like detached robots, evolutionary biologists observe what happens when the organism is poked and prodded.  They take notes and then write them up in journals.  But then those very publications and any interpretations drawn from them are also phantoms of matter in motion, so why even read them?  There is nothing left but to keep the pleasurable neurotransmitters flowing.  Then the world at least feels good, till the terrorist or dictator comes with a different game and his own rules.    If this is not the kind of world you want to live in, you had better help these researchers find forgiveness, because they need it.  Tell them they are looking in the wrong place.  It’s not in the bonobo cage.  It’s freely available everywhere outside the naturalistic cage in which they have imprisoned themselves, and they’ll never find it without the key.  That key is jealously guarded by the demons of pride and selfishness.  Defeat them, and the key to forgiveness is as near as the heart.  The key is repentance.*(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

EPA overreach addressed with new legislation

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many agricultural groups are pleased with the bipartisan leadership of Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) as they introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would put in check the Environmental Protection Agency and its attempt to broaden the definition of “waters of the U.S.”“Tens of thousands of farmers, ranchers and land owners have spoken out, but EPA has yet to fully acknowledge the proposal’s potential impact on everyday farming activities,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “We work hard every day to minimize the environmental impact of raising the food, fuel and fiber we all consume. We’re grateful that our congressional representatives are paving the way to safeguard both farmers and their land.”Farm Bureau is urging Congress to act swiftly, before the rule is final, so agencies can re-craft the rule to ensure it is practical and addresses the concerns of farmers, ranchers and business owners across the country.last_img read more

10 months agoRanieri slams Fulham: No desire. No passion

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ranieri slams Fulham: No desire. No passionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOldham Athletic have dumped Fulham out of the FA Cup.Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a hotly-contested penalty as Fulham were dumped out of the FA Cup 2-1 by League Two side Oldham.Callum Lang headed in the visitors’ 89th-minute winner to stun the Premier League hosts and prompt extended touchline celebrations from caretaker boss and lifelong supporter Pete Wild.Denis Odoi’s goal early in the second half meant Fulham were expecting to coast home, only for Oldham to turn the tide as Bournemouth loan striker Sam Surridge equalised from the penalty spotAnd then Lang buried Gevaro Nepomuceno’s teasing cross, to spark exuberant celebrations on both the Oldham bench and among the delirious travelling supporters.Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri made six changes to the side beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in the Premier League five days earlier, but was “disappointed” his players did not seize their opportunity.”I gave a chance to them to show if I am right or wrong, to see if I am right to choose other players – I am right,” said Ranieri.”I did not see desire or passion, I wanted to see desire – show me I am wrong, show me! I am not wrong.”He added: “The first half was boring for us, the second half much better, we scored a goal and had chances to score, but then at the end they deserved to win. They made two goals, had another great chance and well done to them.”I am very disappointed, if we played as well as we play in the training session, we win the match. I don’t know what happened for these guys.” last_img read more

Buckeyes advance to Sweet 16 following win against Georgia Tech

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It started out physical, but the bumped and bruised Buckeyes prevailed against Georgia Tech on Monday night, despite tying their season-high in turnovers. The No. 4 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team (24-9) will advance to the Sweet 16 in Dayton, Ohio, after topping the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets, 67-60, in a hard-fought win in front of St. John Arena’s vivacious crowd. OSU now has won 11 straight games. “It was more of a boxing match — two fighters feeling each other out,” OSU coach Jim Foster said. “Then you get into a rhythm.” Foster’s team found that rhythm midway through the second half, when OSU was able to beat Georgia Tech’s press defense while holding the team scoreless for nearly five minutes. During that span, the Buckeyes’ lead grew from four points to 13. After that run, the Yellow Jackets (24-11) predictably stopped pressing, allowing OSU to slow down the game. “We was getting layups,” guard Samantha Prahalis said. “I would have pulled it off, too.” But en route to its win, the team turned the ball over 21 times. Making up for it was Jantel Lavender’s 21 points on 71.4 percent shooting, and 11 rebounds. Her double-figure scoring performance was her 135th, setting the NCAA all-time record. “Jantel, to me, is the best post player in the country,” Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She’s also one of the top three players in the country overall.” The Yellow Jackets were unable to make OSU pay for its struggles maintaining possession, as they scored just 16 points off turnovers. But Joseph chalked her team’s loss up to the inability to make shots, especially those around the basket. Her team outshot the Buckeyes by a staggering 72-42, but only shot 38.9 percent from the field despite garnering the turnovers. The Yellow Jackets also shot only 2-of-17 from 3-point range. “We’ve never played a game and got two free throws,” Joseph said. “That’s not the difference in the game. The difference in the game is you have to make layups.” Behind Lavender, the Buckeyes shot 59.5 percent from the field and got double-digit points from Prahalis, guard Tayler Hill and center Ashley Adams. Brittany Johnson added 9 points, with her three 3-pointers being the team’s only ones. “We have a lot of people that can score the ball on the floor, and sometimes we have a tendency to guard ourselves,” Foster said. The first half was very physical, with the referees letting a lot of contact go uncalled. The tipping point came when Lavender and Georgia Tech’s Chelsea Regins got tangled up underneath the basket after Johnson nailed a 3-pointer. Offsetting technical fouls were called on the play. After that, the game was called much tighter. Prahalis played an unaccustomed role of peacemaker in the situation, pulling Lavender away from the officials after vehemently arguing the call. Even after his team earned the technical, Foster said he was pleased with the way his players handled the situation. “(It was) a sign of growth, a sign of maturity,” he said. “I like the fact that Jantel needed to be calmed down, and I like the fact that Sammy calmed her down.” Yellow Jacket Tyaunna Marshall led her team to a 30-29 first-half lead by scoring 10 points on 50 percent shooting, including a go-ahead jumper as time expired. But she scored just two points in the second to finish with 12. Guard Metra Walthour led the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Adams led the Buckeyes in scoring in the first half with 10 points, going 4-of-7 from the floor while Lavender scored just four. “Sammy did a great job getting the ball up the floor quickly, which I don’t think we did great in the first half,” Lavender said. “In the second half, we had about 25 seconds to run offense, so that really made the difference for us.” Prahalis was frustrated early by the Yellow Jackets’ physical defense against her, as they forced Hill to handle the ball more than usual. After taking a hard foul at midcourt in the first half, blood was drawn from the same spot on her leg as Saturday and she required another bandage. But that didn’t stop her from having an effective night, scoring 16 on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting while dishing out a game-high eight assists. Her team is 15-2 this season when she registers more than seven assists. Monday’s contest was the first ever meeting between OSU and the Yellow Jackets. The win means the Buckeyes will have advanced to the Sweet 16 in two of the last three seasons and are now 8-2 against ranked teams this year. On Saturday, OSU will take on No. 1 seed Tennessee — a school Lavender said she visited before signing with the Buckeyes, and whose roster she is very familiar with. Foster, a former coach of Vanderbilt from 1991–00, said he’s plenty aware of the type of teams heralded coach Pat Summitt puts together after spending that time in the SEC. He mentioned that perhaps it would be easier playing the customary powerhouse in his team’s home state. “We’re not playing in Knoxville. We’re not playing in Nashville,” he said. “We’re playing in Dayton, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.” read more

ONeill We were naturally secondbest

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first_imgRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was not too disappointed about being “second-best” after fielding a relatively inexperienced side in their 2-0 defeat to FranceTwo goals from Oliver Giroud and Nabil Fekir at the Stade de France on Monday night was enough to hand Didier Deschamps’ side a 2-0 victory against an Ireland team that handed Blackburn defender Derrick Williams and substitutes Shaun Williams and Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke their international debuts.“We were naturally second-best this evening against a world-class team and that was possibly to be expected,” O’Neill told BT Sport.“It was a really, really tough game for us – that was also to be expected – but I am really pleased that we have taken this fixture on because if you’re trying to aspire to something, that sort of quality that the French possess is something you would want.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…West Ham defender Declan Rice made only his second appearance for Ireland in France on Monday night, yet he produced an assured display.“For one so young and not to have played that many games with that sort of opposition that he’s playing against, that can only improve his game, to see again even very much at this very young age what you have to aspire to,” said O’Neill.“I keep saying that, but that’s what it is, the benchmark, very much at World Cup level, the very, very top of the World Cup.“You’re talking about the opposition having players playing in European Champions League games, Europa League matches at the very best clubs in Europe, and Declan Rice in there in centre midfield today trying to play against that, so that’s really encouraging for him.”last_img read more

Fekir has successfully passed Liverpool medical

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first_imgAfter all the saga with Nabil Fekir’s alleged departure to Liverpool, it may be nearing an end – the Lyon star has successfully passed a medical while at France’s pre-World Cup training camp.On Friday, Lyon, his current club, issued a statement, claiming all reports of his departure from the club are false mostly due to Fekir’s knee injury and the financial side of the deal.However, Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, has shared that this is nearing an end now.“He’s in the middle of negotiations and I think it’s done,” Le Graet said, according to Sportskeeda.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I spent 15 minutes with him this morning [Saturday], and he’s only concerned with the France team. He’s in good spirits.”“He passed his medical in Clairefontaine. That’s logical, we’ve done it for other players.”“It would be better for him [to complete the transfer], but he’s not perturbed,” Le Graet went on to add.last_img read more

Crotia coach Dalic criticizes Ronaldo

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first_imgCroatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo after it was revealed that the Portuguese superstar was unhappy about missing out on the UEFA Men’s player of the year award.The award which was won by Ronaldo’s former teammate, Luka Modric who still represents Madrid has courted a lot of backlash and football super-agent Jorge Mendes criticized the decision to give it to the Croatian captain.The fact that Cristiano Ronaldo failed to attend Thursday’s UEFA gala to see his former teammate Luka Modric win the player of the year award has led to a heated debate in Croatia, one which national team coach Zlatko Dalic has commented on.Labelling the Juventus player as selfish, Dalic said he wouldn’t want to build a team around him.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Ronaldo is selfish and I’d never want him in my team,” he said in an interview with Sportske Novosti, as quoted by Marca.“He is the kind of player who thinks ‘even if we lose, the only thing that matters is that I score a goal.”As for Modric himself, the coach congratulated the player on the award and said that he is proud of how the midfielder hasn’t changed despite the fame and glory.last_img read more

Farm economy downturn forces Cargill to restructure cut jobs

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first_imgCargill Inc [CARG.UL], one of the world’s largest privately held corporations, has launched a restructuring that includes job cuts, one company source and four industry sources said on Friday, the latest casualty of a downturn in the farm economy.The 150-year-old company, a top commodities trader, is also closing offices, two of the industry sources said.The cutbacks at the Minnesota-based company come as global agricultural companies are under pressure from slumping commodity prices, slowing demand in China and weakness in emerging markets where Cargill has significant investments.Cargill may eliminate as many as 4,000 jobs, which would represent about 2.5 percent of its employees, one of the industry sources said.The company is “working on recalibrating their business,” said another industry source, a banker.A Cargill spokesman initially declined to comment, saying “we typically don’t comment on rumours.” He later added that he had not “heard anything along the lines of the layoff numbers you mentioned or office closings.”Cargill is among four “ABCD” companies that dominate the flow of agricultural goods around the world, competing against rivals Archer Daniels Midland Co, Bunge Ltd and Louis Dreyfus Corp [LOUDR.UL].Recently, the companies have faced new competition from trading houses in Asia.”It seems like they’re trying to adapt and be a little bit leaner and faster,” one U.S. grain trader who interacts with Cargill said about the company.Chief Executive David MacLennan, who took the reins two years ago, has already taken steps to change the company. In the last six months, Cargill has sold its U.S. hog business to Brazilian meat packer JBS SA for $1.45 billion and paid about $1.5 billion to buy Norwegian fish feed maker Ewos.The company has said it will split the company’s hedge fund arm, Black River Asset Management, into three separate employee-owned firms.Other agricultural companies are cutting back and looking to consolidate to save money. Last month, Monsanto Co, the world’s biggest seed company, said it was slashing 2,600 jobs and restructuring operations.Deere & Co, the largest maker of farm equipment, also has eliminated jobs.Last month, Cargill reported a 20-percent gain in profits for its fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 31, following a loss in the fourth quarter that the company attributed in part to slowing economies in emerging markets.Cargill’s last substantial restructuring was about 15 years ago and aimed at moving employees into positions built around product lines instead of their geographic locations, said Ken Morrison, who worked for the company for 27 years until 2003.”Headcount reduction and Cargill just don’t go in the same sentence,” Morrison said.last_img read more

Patanjali is Indias top brand for third straight week pipping Cadbury and

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first_imgPantanjali has retained the topmost slot in the list of top 10 Indian brands for the third week in a row, beating established brands like Hindustan Unilever, Cadbury and Procter & Gamble.Data for week six — Feb. 6 to 12 — published by television audience measurement agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India on Friday revealed FMCG company Patanjali Ayurved was ahead of consumer brands Cadbury, Fair & Lovely and Colgate.Patanjali Ayurved, which makes toothpaste, noodles, rice, chyawanprash and other personal-care and Ayurveda products, made it to the top for the first time in the week of Jan. 23 to 29, 2016.The Haridwar-based company, whose products are endorsed by yoga guru Ramdev, aims to reach Rs 1,000 crore in annual sales in about a year to 18 months, according to Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Group, which retails Patanjali products through its Big Bazaar outlets.Other brands that figured in the list released Friday include Mahindra & Mahindra, Dove, Parle, Horlicks and AirtelBARC India also released the lists of popular TV channels, TV programmes for the week. Sun TV tops the list of popular TV channels across all genres, followed by Star Plus and Zee TV.As for popular content in Hindi, “Naagin”, aired on Colors, was the top-rated programme. The onset of the cricket season was evident from the fact that two India-Sri Lanka T20 matches aired on Doordarshan was among the top five programmes.last_img read more