first_img His comment comes against the background of the government’s impending decision on Goat Island Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the government has to balance the necessity for projects that will advance Jamaica’s economic growth, with the need to safeguard the country’s environment.His comment comes against the background of the government’s impending decision on Goat Island, currently being pursued for port facilities development as part of the global logistics hub, and concerns being voiced locally about the possible environmental effects.Speaking recently, at the first of two major economic reform programme (ERP) stakeholders’ conferences at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, Dr. Phillips, underscored that development of the logistics hub initiative presents Jamaica with one of the most “important opportunities” to advance economic growth.Against this background, he said the prospect for Chinese investment in the initiative is highly probable, stressing that “we should do our utmost to secure (this) while, of course, protecting other national interests.”“We have to find the balance between the developmental imperatives of the country and protecting the environment. We are a fragile small island ecology. We will have to do all we can to protect the environment without going to the extreme of saying, then, (that) because the environment is so fragile, we will have no growth at all,” the Finance Minister argued.He pointed out that the issue is not unique to Jamaica, citing a similar scenario in Ecuador whose government, he explained, had to take decisions recently regarding oil mining activities in that South American country’s environmentally protected regions. Additionally, he said the United States faced a similar issue in relation to Alaskan oil pipelines being channeled through their environmentally protected areas, as also Russia, in as regards oil production in Siberia’s protected areas.“All of these countries have sought to find ways to both have strong economic development and to protect the environment. We will have to make the same type of decision,” the Finance Minister added.The conference, held under the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Economic Programme – Going for Growth, Staying the Course’, is the first of two scheduled to provide updates on the ERP being implemented as a condition of the US$932.3 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF), which the administration negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).It was attended by a wide cross section of representatives from private and public sector agencies and entities, and community organisations, in parishes spanning the counties of Middlesex and Surrey.A similar forum is scheduled for parishes in western Jamaica, on a date to be scheduled. The prospect for Chinese investment in the initiative is highly probable The logistics hub initiative presents Jamaica with one of the most “important opportunities” to advance economic growth Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The medical fraternity on Friday welcomed the arrival of the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch for users in India, stressing that it will make people more aware about their heart health. Although the Apple Watch will not provide a final conclusion into whether a person is actually suffering from Atrial fibrillation (AFib) — irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clot formation in the heart which then embolises to the brain causing stroke — the readings will make more Indians consult their physicians about their heart health, doctors feel. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Although accurate worldwide estimates are lacking, calculations suggest that over one per cent of the adult population is affected in the developed world, wrote Vijay Bohra, Gautam Sharma and Rajnish Juneja from Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in their research. “In our country, there is virtually no data on AF (AFib), most of the data that has been derived is from international studies with an Indian cohort,” the trio wrote, adding that there is “indeed a dearth of data on epidemiologic outcomes in patients of rheumatic AF in the country leading to inconsistent practice patterns as regards medical therapy, especially oral anticoagulation”. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India According to Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, AFib is more prone in those patients who are predisposed to have AFib and stroke. “Generally, we do holter monitoring (a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm) or extended holter monitoring which is a 24-hour ECG monitoring system, to detect AFib in the patients. However, it is not always necessary that these 2-3 episodes of AFib will occur during the time of the holter monitoring,” Goel told IANS. Hence, in such cases, Apple Watch will be playing a vital role in detecting AFib in time, he added. “Having said this, a person must wear the Watch both during day and night so that the occurrence of AFib is detected well in time,” Goel suggested. New electrodes built into the back crystal and Digital Crown on Apple Watch Series 4 or later, work together with the ECG app to enable customers to take an ECG similar to a single-lead reading. To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, hold their finger on the Digital Crown. As the user touches the Digital Crown, the circuit is completed and electrical signals across their heart are measured. After 30 seconds, the heart rhythm is classified as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive. Sanjiv Bhardwaj, Associate Director, Department of Interventional Cardiology at Jaypee Hospital Noida said that smartwatches and fitness bands are now playing a vital role in updating the users about their heart health and the possible risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases. “Advanced and modern features like an ECG app and irregular heart rhythm monitor will surely be a huge help to the users. They can easily get the notifications about their heart rhythm and its classification in less than a minute. “The results can be shared with the doctors so that any major complication can be averted,” Bhardwaj told IANS. With watchOS 6, the irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch Series 4 and the upcoming Series 5 on September 27 will use the optical heart sensor to occasionally check the user’s heart rhythm in the background for signals of an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be AFib. If irregular heart rhythm such as AFib is identified on five rhythm checks over a minimum of 65 minutes, a notification will be generated to alert the user. “Technology is moving at lightning speed and Apple is surely abreast with it. Rhythm identification via the phone is no longer a dream,” said Aparna Jaswal, Associate Director, Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi. “Apple Watch will help identify AF and rhythm disorders and this will surely help in early identification of disease,” she said. The irregular rhythm notification feature was recently studied in the Apple Heart Study. With over 400,000 participants, the Apple Heart Study was the largest screening study on atrial fibrillation ever conducted.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal advised schools to educate their children against dengue and pollution, under the ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute’ campaign against dengue at the Thyagaraja Stadium. The AAP-led government has prepared a kit for school children, which will be given to children through schools. Apart from this, the state government will also provide masks to children as part of its programme to tackle pollution.Kejriwal said that he will interact with children on these issues on Tuesday, via video conference. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAddressing the principals and vice-principals of schools, the Delhi CM spoke of the importance of having a separate class allotted for dengue-chikungunya awareness. He said, “Dengue-chikungunya makes the people of Delhi most unhappy in these two-three months. If we will not teach our children certain things about real life, then it means there is a lapse.” “As citizens of Delhi, we have to take all the steps so that we can tackle the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya. You are present in this programme as principal, vice principal, so your children should also be taught about dengue and chikungunya, they have to be made aware of them. As much as we teach our children the rest of the subject, we should also tell our children about dengue and chikungunya,” the CM said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaKejriwal went on to elaborate, “In 2015, there were 15,000 cases of dengue in Delhi…This year, experts had reported that dengue-chikungunya cases may increase and break the previous record. So we were afraid that this year the cases of dengue will increase considerably. So we designed the ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute’ campaign.” “Mosquito eggs take 7 to 10 days to become a mosquito. If we pour out the water stored in our house on the seventh day, then the eggs will not become mosquitoes. We have to check our house. It does not take more than 10 minutes to check. This mosquito does not fly more than 200 meters. This means if you are caught by dengue, then that mosquito has either originated in your home or neighbour’s house or bred in nearby areas. If we check our house and tell the neighbour to check his or her house, I guarantee you that no one in your house can be affected by dengue. Most of these mosquitoes breed between September 1 to November 15. So we have to do 10 weeks of checking. You all have to make every child aware of this,” added the Delhi CM.last_img read more