Only 23% of babies exclusively breastfed in Guyana – report

first_imgAccording to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report only 23 per cent of babies are exclusively breastfed in the first six months, and Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Karen Cummings has stated that one of the key reasons for this prevalence is because the majority of mothers are working.Women should breastfeed their babies for six months said the World Health Organization since it reduces the risk of baby becoming infected, creates bonding between mother and child, and prevents ovarian cancer.The UNICEF report: “The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child” said early initiation of breastfeeding is 49 per cent in Guyana, which indicates that less than half of the women giving birth breastfed their newborns during their most crucial months.Public Health Minister Dr George Norton had expressed that if the sector requires mothers to breastfeed fully for six months then there should discussions about mothers being granted six months leave since most mothers are part of the labour force. He acknowledged that this might burden employers but in the long run it will be worth it.Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence last Wednesday stated that the ministry is in support of a social policy for six months maternity leave to be granted to mothers, and so it has been placed on the 2017 ministry’s agenda.Lawrence indicated that in the ministry’s 2017 programme they will push to ensure that wherever there are ministries and government agencies there should be a place for mothers to go and breastfeed their babies.She stated that they plan on starting with the Ministry of Social Protection as soon as their new building is completed. She stated that there is need for day-care services and breastfeeding rooms to be incorporated into the working force so as to accommodate mothers and assist them in early childhood development.However, this new policy might not sit well with the private sector because according to some critics “time is money” and no employer would want to have a staff out for six months.In 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) had called for more employers to support breastfeeding mothers in the Caribbean and Americas. The organisation stated that the employers were more than likely to reap benefits for their businesses and their countries’ economies.It stressed the need to support women in balancing work and family, and especially to breastfeed their babies, according to public health recommendations, which are based on research that establishes health benefits from breastfeeding that range from reduced infections and improved IQ in babies to lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers.The health organisation stated that promoting breastfeeding in the workplace increases benefits for employers, including employee loyalty to companies as a result of gratitude and satisfaction, and reduced absenteeism because breastfeeding employees’ babies get sick less often and less severely.So far, Giftland Mall is the only public place that has a designated room for breastfeeding mothers. Speaking to this newspaper on Sunday, Roy Beepat stated that the creation of a space for mothers to breastfeed is becoming a “standard practice” around the world and so he decided to set the pace for Guyana.The Linden Regional Hospital as well has a room for staff to breastfeed their babies.The Guyana Publication Inc has also set the pace for the private sector by offering free day service for its entire staff.Minister Cummings stated that the ministry is working assiduously to ensure that mothers exclusively breastfeed for six months and of the instigation of six months maternity leave. She stated that the two other major reasons why women do not breastfeed are: because they choose not to; and they are HIV infected.In Guyana, only six out of 12 hospitals have been accredited with Baby-Friendly Hospital Status.Among the criteria to attain Baby-Friendly Status are to have written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff, inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breast feeding, and give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated otherwise.It is fitting to note that the Georgetown Public Hospital, where the majority of babies are born, was not accredited.last_img read more

Banks DIH in collaboration with NBTS and NSC in blood drive

first_img– Give Blood, Save LivesThe National Sports Commission (NSC) and Banks DIH Limited are collaborating with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) as that entity hosts a blood drive at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) on Saturday, September 15.It is understood that in support of this event, the NSC has gone to great lengths to solicit help from various parts of the country, and faithful donors have been alerted, while Banks DIH will be playing the role of rejuvenating blood donors.Dr Pedro Lewis of the NBTS has stated that the Blood Bank always tries to increase the donations of blood received by the NBTS that’s why importantly the process is a continuous one.He added that every day some hospital would call the blood bank requesting blood(L-R): Dr Pedro Lewis of the NBTS, Radha Ramdhani, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, and Banks’ Malts Manager Clayton McKenzieto save lives; and although receiving a donation of blood may sound easy, it’s not that easy to get someone to come and sit in a chair and donate blood. That is why the NBTS has to think outside of the box in getting donations of blood, thus the collaboration.Clayton McKenzie, the Malts Manager of Banks DIH, was present at the ceremony. He declared that Banks DIH is delighted to be a part of this NBTS initiative because it will aid in saving lives at hospitals.As per requirements, the NBTS is asking donors to eat as per normal and drink fluids before donating blood. It is also essential to consume fluids after donating blood.The blood drive is open to the general public. Donors will be able to participate in sporting activities such as darts, basketball and draughts while they await their turn to donate blood and save lives. Prizes will also be at stake.It should also be noted that alcohol should not be consumed 24 hours before donation. All between the ages of 16 and 65 are welcome to donate blood, but minors will have to be accompanied by a parent.last_img read more

Man City top financial firepower list

first_imgCity, who have dropped just four points in the league this season, lead the way ahead of Arsenal. Tottenham are fifth on the list ahead of seventh-placed Manchester United, with Chelsea in ninth.According to the study, Arsenal have £766 million ($1 billion) worth of fixed assets — following their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium — more than any other club in world football, while only Manchester United have more money in the bank (£307 million) than Arsenal’s £300 million.The annual report by event organiser Soccerex suggests that Arsenal have the monetary muscle to “invest significantly” in the transfer market.Manchester City, for so long under-achievers in English football, have seen their fortunes transformed since a 2008 takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group.They have won two Premier League titles in the past decade and Pep Guardiola’s team look certain to win it again this year as they are already 15 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United.“Manchester City, one of the most famous cases of significant foreign investment changing a club’s status and potential, top the rankings,” the study says.“Arsenal’s second place in the rankings, ahead of PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), will surprise many and is certainly a talking point in light of criticism the club receives from some quarters for its perceived lack of spending in the transfer market,” it adds.“Their ranking is a reflection of the club’s professionalism and a sound business model. The position of financial strength means Arsenal could invest significantly should the hierarchy of the club choose to change their business strategy.”Liverpool are 16th on the list, while 2016 Premier League champions Leicester are 20th. French giants PSG, who broke the transfer record to sign Neymar last summer, are third ahead of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. Real Madrid are sixth with their La Liga rivals Barcelona only 13th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero eyes the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City and Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on November 21, 2017 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 4 – Premier League leaders Manchester City have more financial muscle than any other club in world football, according to a study that sees English clubs dominate the top 10.The Soccerex Football Finance 100, which ranks the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt, was published on Wednesday.last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday sign Gary Hooper on emergency loan deal from Norwich

first_imgSheffield Wednesday have signed Norwich striker Gary Hooper on an emergency loan deal.The former Celtic player, who has netted 20 goals in 70 matches for the Canaries, will remain at Hillsborough until January 17. Hooper, recently recovered from an ankle injury, has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Carrow Road this term and the last of his two appearances came in the defeat to Southampton at the end of August. The 27-year-old will link up with fellow Norwich loanee Michael Turner at the Owls. 1 Gary Hooper last_img read more

Republic of Ireland’s Marc Wilson OUT of Euro 2016 due to injury

first_img Marc Wilson in action for Republic of Ireland Stoke defender Marc Wilson has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign through injury.Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that the 28-year-old, who was named in the initial 35-man squad, will now not be available as he continues to fight his way back from a long-standing knee problem.O’Neill told a press conference in Dublin on Monday: “Marc Wilson has had a setback. The best thing for him is to take four or five weeks off. He will be out.”Wilson has not played a senior game for club Stoke since damaging knee ligaments in January and limped out of a behind-closed-doors friendly last month.He last played for Ireland as a substitute in the 1-1 play-off draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica in November.Everton midfielder James McCarthy is to have a scan, but O’Neill has trimmed down his squad ahead of Friday night’s friendly against Holland with Paul McShane, Alex Pearce, Anthony Pilkington and Jonathan Hayes all on standby. 1last_img read more


first_imgThe ongoing dispute over the closure of a right of way at Aghadachor near Carrigart is to hit the airwaves on this coming Monday morning on the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme.RTE has taken a keen interest in the developments at Carrigart since it was first featured in the Tirconaill Tribune in early September.And after the headline revelations in the paper on Thursday last about a Government Dept. raising serious concerns about the planning status of the beach activity centre at Carrigart, RTE decided to come and meet the community and try to find answers to the crux. And on Saturday, the show’s senior reporter Valerie Cox came to Carrigart to walk the 500 metres long right of way only to be stopped in sight of the beach by a seven foot tall gate, locked and solidly welded in a number of places.As a Dublin based security patrol kept watch from a distance, Ms Cox interviewed a group of local whose lives have been affected by the closure of the right of way.Those interviewed included James McCorkell: Tony and Frances McCarry: Andrew Speer: 87 years old Patricia Coyle: Donal Cullen: Brendan McFadden: Senator Brian O’Domhnaill: the Mayor of Donegal, Cllr. Ian McGarvey and John McAteer, Editor, Tirconaill Tribune.Over two hours was spent at the scene on Saturday and it is expected the item will feature in the first hour of Monday morning’s show. The last time that Valerie Cox covered such an obstacle was when she reported on the demolition of the Berlin Wall from the Brandenburg Gate.The Sean O’Rourke Show airs between 10.00 am and noon daily Monday to Friday.DONEGAL BEACH DISPUTE TO FEATURE ON RTE’S ‘TODAY’ SHOW was last modified: November 23rd, 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:AGHADACHOR BEACHbeachCarrigartSean O’RourkeTODAYlast_img read more

Pramerica cements its place in Donegal life with opening of new campus

first_imgPramerica has officially opened its new state-of-the-art campus in Letterkenny.The new building, which employed over 220 local tradesmen during its construction, represents a significant investment by the company.Pramerica currently employs 1,500 people across Donegal with a diverse workforce drawn from over 35 different countries. An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD congratulated the company.“I am delighted to welcome the completion and official opening of Pramerica’s new premises in Letterkenny. This company is a flagship operation in the North West region, having grown significantly over recent years to now employ a very impressive 1,500 staff.“It exemplifies the ongoing success of the Government’s policy of driving balanced regional development, whereby quality jobs can be attracted to a location far from the major cities, when the right skills and infrastructure, particularly ICT, is in place. This new building will help embed Pramerica in Letterkenny and I look forward to the company’s continued success in Donegal.”Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands Joe McHugh TD said: “This is a great day for Letterkenny, Donegal and the North West City Region, a cross-border vision for the growth of connected economies across the border. “We know that jobs created in one jurisdiction benefit the workforce in the other and it is in our interests to help grow the local economy further on that basis.“Pramerica is the largest employer here and makes a substantial contribution to the local economy. The hi-tech new premises here – supported by the IDA – is on a par with anything you will see in any major capital city in Europe.“I want to pay tribute to everyone involved with Pramerica, in the USA, here in Donegal and elsewhere for their continued commitment to this valuable base here. These new premises represent a commitment to the future, to our future here in the North West.”CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan also welcomed the opening of the new site.He said “Pramerica began in 2000 with just eight employees and has grown to become a highly successful company, a great employer of substantial numbers and one of the largest regional reference sellers IDA has for regions. “It shows how successfully companies in regional locations can be scaled. Its longevity in Donegal has been a significant boon for the local economy, not just in Donegal but in the North West region. Developing this new facility demonstrates serious commitment by Pramerica to Donegal and the region. I wish Ciaran and his team continued success.”Pramerica cements its place in Donegal life with opening of new campus was last modified: October 21st, 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)Tags:donegalnew campusOPENINGpramericalast_img read more

DD Fitness – Are carbs the enemy?

first_imgOnce again, Carbs are public enemy No1!The BBC had an episode of their show, The Truth about Carbs in which Dr Faisal Maassarani suggested that “the colour of the carbs you eat also matters – and as Dr Xand van Tulleken explains, it’s the beige ones you really have to watch out for.”See more on that here: It doesn’t seem to matter how many times it’s said or how many studies show that your overall CALORIE intake is the root cause of your weight gain.Every couple of years, another television show, or documentary or movie or YouTube channel, comes out with another reason that carbs are to blame.But it isn’t just your carb intake that is to blame, it’s the type you eat and the amount of calories they contain, from carbs AND FATS.This is because most of the ‘carbs’ that people tend to eat, are junk.These aren’t solely carbohydrates. They can quite often have as much fat if not more than carbs, but because of how carbs are vilified and misinformation, people tend to call them carbs.It’s common knowledge that if you want to lose weight, you simply cannot eat carbs because they make you fat….right?Not exactly.Carbohydrates are probably the most misunderstood of all the macronutrients.A few years ago, the humble potato was outlawed and only fools ate them. As ‘beige’ carbs are now being called the worst type by the BBC and Dr Maassarani, this is sure to make another comeback.But, the potato is NOT fattening and doesn’t cause weight gain, unless you go over your daily calorie allowance.In fact, this guy lost 117lbs in a year on a potato diet.So, if they make you fat, how did he lose weight? Oh, that’s right, he was in a CALORIE DEFICIT.If you want to get right down to it, obesity has been steadily on the rise since the 1980’s and continues to climb, but carb and sugar consumption has dropped since the early 2000’s when the low carb movement kicked off in force.So, which is it to be?High carb, low carb, no carb; which will give us the best results?The answer is…all of them.It depends on what your personal preference is and whether you will be able to sustain the way of eating for a prolonged period.When it comes to weight loss, the simplicity of reducing carbs or eliminating them from the diet is a big selling point.People know that once they reduce or eliminate carbs from their diet, they will lose weight.You have reduced or eliminated an entire food group, probably increased veg, so overall calories have reduced (this is the part that people don’t realise) and weight loss will occur.Simples!What isn’t simple is actually sticking to it.You are taking staple foods that you have eaten for years and removing them to get success.Foods like;• bread• pasta• rice• potatoes• oatsThese are the usual foods that people will remove when trying to lose weight.They will initially get weight loss, but this is largely because of fluid loss, muscle glycogen loss and a bit of fat loss.Once the fluid and muscle glycogen loss slows down you will get your true fat loss.But, that is the point where people usually get frustrated and give up, because they do not realise that the initial big drop in ‘weight’ at the beginning of the diet is actually from fluid and your weight loss should slow to 1-2lbs per week.A diet that is based on deprivation is never easy and can lead to binging.It can lead to a bad relationship with food and when you stop the diet and reintroduce carbs, you will get an increase in ‘weight’ due to muscle glycogen and fluid refilling again.But again, this is not fat gain.What we want to achieve when we decide to change our health for the better, is a way that we can do this and be able to enjoy life.If you can’t do this then what is the point?I look awesome, but I’m miserable inside??Not exactly a long-term solution.So, the question is……CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND STILL EAT CARBS???Yes, yes you can.The link below will allow you to work out your daily calories and how much carbs you can allocate yourself per day for your goals.Emmett Rushe: How to calculate your calorie allowance to hit your goal!What people should be focusing on reducing is the foods that are often seen as ‘carbs’ but are really treat foods that have loads of carbs, fat and calories in them.Foods like;• Biscuits• Buns• Donuts• Chips• CrispsDo you have to remove them altogether?No, you just can’t have them ALL THE TIME.You know this already, we are just very good at fooling ourselves to how much of these we eat.These are treats and should be viewed as such.Having one or two things from the list each week won’t mess up your goals.Having one or two each day will.There will always be a Bogeyman that we like to blame, but the one we need to look at are our overall calorie intake and the amount of junk we eat and drink.That is how we will get success.#leanin2018Our NEW SUMMER SHAPE UP program kicks off on the 25th of June.If you would like to be in with the chance of winning one of 2 holidays worth €1500, click the link below and I’ll get you signed up.www.rushefitness.ieDD Fitness – Are carbs the enemy? was last modified: June 8th, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare 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

Former Donegal TD loses Fianna Fail contest for European election

first_imgFormer Donegal TD Niall Blaney has not selected by Fianna Fáil to contest European elections for Midlands North West. The party have chosen Brendan Smith, TD for Cavan–Monaghan, for the upcoming election to the European Parliament.Mr Blaney ran along with nine candidates at a convention in the Longford Arms Hotel in Longford Town on Friday. The next elections to the European Parliament are expected to be held between 23 and 26 May.Former Donegal TD loses Fianna Fail contest for European election was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:European electionsNiall Blaneylast_img read more

Tickets in high demand for Wolfe Tones Christmas concert in Letterkenny

first_imgLegendary balladeers The Wolfe Tones are on their way back to Donegal for a highly-anticipated show in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny.The band has announced a Christmas gig in the Mount Errigal on Monday 30th December 2019 and tickets are already in demand.After 56 years on the road, the performance of arguably Ireland’s greatest ballad singer, Tommy Byrne, will once again be a memorable experience – Joe McDonnell, Kevin Barry, The Ballad of James Connolly, Grace, Streets of New York, as well as many other ballads, will provide a not to be missed Wolfe Tones experience. Tickets are £26 – €29.50 and available from the Mount Errigal Hotel reception, and Eventbrite.The Wolfe Tones have entered an unprecedented 56 years on the road.  Starting off in Dublin in 1963, the group continue to tour and pack venues across the World. Emerging from the ballad boom of the early 1960’s, The Wolfe Tones started out on a career which has taken them to the heights of not just Irish, but international entertainment.  They’ve received numerous international honours, including the freedom of both New York and Los Angeles, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s greatest honour, The Liberty Bell. The Wolfe Tones have in their ranks arguably Ireland’s most prolific song writer and composer of his generation, Brian Warfield.  Brian has written songs that have become standards with Irish groups across the World, his ballads are sung from concerts to sports stadiums across the globe.  From Celtic Symphony to Rock On Rockall, join the Wolfe tones for a Christmas concert in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny on Monday 30th December The Wolfe Tones are iconic, they have been the soundtrack to generations of Irish across the World for the last 56 years. Their journey continues, Brian Warfield, Noel Nagle and Tommy Byrne make up The Wolfe Tones, and they remain a ‘must see’ Irish group. One thing is for sure, The Wolfe Tones will once again make the rafters ring in their own inimitable style.  Wolfe Tones’ shows sell out, as always, early booking is advised to experience a night to remember in the company of true legends of Irish music.Tickets are £26 – €29.50 and available from the Mount Errigal Hotel reception, and Eventbrite.Tickets in high demand for Wolfe Tones Christmas concert in Letterkenny was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:concertletterkennywolfe toneslast_img read more