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Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

first_imgWhen it comes to the Zika virus, pregnant women are not the only persons the government is concerned about.    This summer Jamaica will send a strong contingent to the Olympic Games in Brazil where in 2015 there were just under 3000 cases of the virus that manifests in symptoms similar to yellow fever and dengue.  The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outbreak hit mostly the Brazilian northeast region, but cases have been reported as far south as Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held this coming August. Working on the assumption that Jamaica’s athletes do not contract the virus while training here in Jamaica, they would run the risk of contracting it while preparing to compete while in Brazil. This has become a concern for the government that is expecting another outstanding performance from its elite athletes in what will be Usain Bolt’s final Olympic campaign. As such they are taking steps to minimise the possibilities of the virus affecting the nation’s athletes. “We have been looking at it. It has occurred to us, we have been having discussions with the Ministry of Health,” said Minister Natalie Neita-Headley, who has responsibility for sport. “They (officials at the ministry of health) have been having planning sessions looking at sensitising our athletes.” “As much as can be done, we will seek to do it,” the sports minister said. About one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. If an athlete contracts the virus and it develops into full blown Zika just prior to competition, it will affect the athlete’s performance. In the meantime, track clubs here are doing what they can to protect the athletes but there are limitations. President of MVP Bruce James revealed that several athletes from his club contracted the Chikungunya virus last year as they prepared for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Like then, James said, the club had put protocols in place to minimise the impact of the virus but as was the case then, there is only so much they can do.last_img read more

Tottenham reaction: Pochettino admits Arsenal draw was ‘an opportunity missed’

Tottenham reaction: Pochettino admits Arsenal draw was ‘an opportunity missed’

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated his side didn’t pick up the three points against north London rivals Arsenal after Saturday’s 2-2 draw.Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners the lead in the first half but goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane after Francis Coquelin’s red card put the home side ahead.However ten-man Arsenal equalised through Alexis Sanchez to deny Spurs top spot in the Premier League and Pochettino felt it was a good opportunity missed by his side.“The feeling is not so good because we missed a big opportunity at 2-1 up,” said Pochettino.“But we need to be happy with the effort of the players.“We started the game 11 vs 11 and played much better but something happened and the opponents took risks to find the chance to score.“Our team made a big effort so I feel proud and pleased for them.”last_img read more

Video claims to show U.S. pilot dragged from crash

Video claims to show U.S. pilot dragged from crash

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen shouting “God is Great!” dragged the burning body of what they said was a U.S. pilot in a horrific video posted Wednesday on the Web by a new al-Qaida-affiliated group that claimed it shot down an Apache helicopter last weekend. The U.S. military expressed outrage over the release of “such a despicable video for public exposure” but said it had serious doubts that the footage was authentic. The AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter was downed near Youssifiyah, 12 miles southwest of Baghdad on Saturday, killing the two pilots. A U.S. statement said troops had recovered “all available remains” although “reports of a Web site video suggest that terrorists removed part of a body from the crash site.” The flaming wreckage of a helicopter could be seen clearly in the video, including outlines of the aircraft’s blades and jagged pieces of wreckage strewn over a field. The camera panned over bloodstained debris, then showed several men dragging the burning body of a man across a field as they shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!” Voices could be heard in the background shouting “come, come, help me carry it.” The body’s face was not visible, but the camera zoomed in on what appeared to be his waistline, which showed a scrap of underwear with the brand name “Hanes.” It appeared the man was wearing tattered digital camouflage fatigues, which are worn by U.S. troops in Iraq. The time stamp on the video, which shows the minutes and seconds, do not run sequentially, and the scenes appear disjointed. The posting also included bombing scenes filmed elsewhere, indicating the material had been edited as a propaganda package. Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a spokesman for the command, said the wreckage shown on the video “does appear to be an AH-64” but added that other helicopters of that type have been lost. “We have serious doubts about the authenticity of this video, a common tactic we see terrorist groups use to keep the stories they want alive in the media,” he said. But in Alexandria, Va., Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, a defense contractor that monitors militants’ statements, said it appeared on first viewing that the tape was authentic. Although the date stamp on the video was Sunday, April 2, a day after the crash, Venzke said the discrepancy could be simply a technical error in the setting. “Based on an initial review of the footage, it would seem to indicate the downing of a helicopter and the removal of crew and passengers from the craft,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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