Why we decided to have a baby with Down syndrome

first_imgNZ Herald 24 March 2018Family First Comment: “Like many parents of children with Down syndrome, McDonald is concerned about the way the diagnosis is presented to families. “I don’t have anything to say against testing because it prepared me for the birth of my child. I guess what I have an issue with is what information people are given when they are encouraged to have a test and when they get the diagnosis. Most of it is about everything that could be ‘wrong’ with our children. Imagine if we did that with every diagnosis. I think everyone has a right to have a test and a right to make their own decision, but it’s about information.””Auckland parents Kirsten McDonald and Philip Venables found out their unborn baby could have Down syndrome after the 12-week screening offered to all expectant mothers in New Zealand. They decided to find out for sure with an amniocentesis test.McDonald says the doctor who delivered the news asked her to look at the piece of paper with her name and the result, confirming their child had Down syndrome. “Then [her] next words were, ‘You’re going to have a beautiful baby boy.’ That still stays with me, those words from her. She just reminded us that first and foremost, we were going to have a beautiful baby boy, rather than saying, ‘Oh I’m really sorry’ or even words like ‘but’.”Thirteen weeks later, baby Joshua was born.At 39, McDonald knew her age would increase her baby’s chance of chromosomal abnormalities like Down syndrome, but when she had the 12-week test, the chance showed at one in 80.They’d decided to delay the amniocentesis until she was 25 weeks, because for them, it wasn’t a question of whether to continue with the pregnancy, but of wanting to prepare themselves.“Every time we had a scan we were told the risk had increased. We just needed to know so I could enjoy my pregnancy, rather than spend the next 15 weeks being stressed.”The test was conclusive, so they met with families of children with Down syndrome, and did plenty of research. “By the time I had Joshua we were just so ready to meet him and not have this abstract diagnosis of Down syndrome. We just wanted to meet our boy. There was no shock or worry or trauma. It does have an impact on him and I wouldn’t change him for the world. If we could take away the Down syndrome, no way, that’s what makes Joshua who he is.”But like many parents of children with Down syndrome, McDonald is concerned about the way the diagnosis is presented to families.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12019382last_img read more

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What would happen if Aliens met Nigerians?

first_imgStolen:#WhenAliensMeetNigerians Alien:I’m the last survivor of my race. Nigerian:you are not last in Jesus name@Iannohmuzik @muthonimwai— Judy Mugo (@Jdymugo) August 20, 2015 #WhenAliensMeetNigerians and a very rich one wants to marry your daughter pic.twitter.com/yMwlCSbP4Y— SwickTV (@theswicktv) August 20, 2015 In recent years Nigerians have often taken to twitter to talk about issues in the communities or raise awareness of particular problems they have. But once in a while the country men go on-line just to have fun. On Thursday Nigerians ran with #whenaliensmeetnigerians the hashtag quickly caught on and was the second biggest trending topic in Nigeria.Here are some of our favorites:#WhenAliensMeetNigerians Alien ship crashes somewhere in Nigeria. People rush to the scene to go and scoop fuel. pic.twitter.com/SPgJH98zST— .gitout (@Korede_TA) August 20, 2015 #WhenAliensMeetNigerians and see spare parts of their UFO available for sell pic.twitter.com/f6s3a0j2vq— O.G Skiwo (@skiwo) August 19, 2015 #WhenAliensMeetNigeriansAlien: we come in peace *extends hand*Nigerian dad: Is that how you greet your elders? pic.twitter.com/AVtF6ePBtB— el hermanø (@toluenoch_) August 19, 2015https://twitter.com/iam_Raice/status/634048278255022080#WhenAliensMeetNigerians *alien spaceship lands* officer: where is your driver’s license pic.twitter.com/DsBSmaT0bX— A (@Itz_Ammar) August 20, 2015last_img read more

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Regional rapid exchange system for dangerous goods being developed

first_img Share Photo credit; signsmart.com.auBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — Montserrat is to be a part of a new alert system to notify other Caribbean nations of dangerous goods.Last Wednesday, representatives from government, private sector and non-profit groups met with Ioannis Sidiropolous, an IT Consultant working with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to develop the Regional Rapid Exchange System.The system will cover non-food products and Sidiropoulos explained that CARICOM wants to improve the level of consumer protection with regard to the safety of products. The project, which began in May and ends November 15, is to develop the comprehensive framework for the rapid exchange system for dangerous products, a computerised system to track notifications, and a training programme for all participating nations.The consultant said the goal is to create a system that all users are able to work with immediately and by which information can be exchanged quickly between authorities. It covers all non-food products excluding industrial products, consumer services, drugs and tobacco. In November, one person from each member state will participate in a train-the-trainers programme to be able to pass on knowledge of the system to colleagues.The Caribbean model, being called CARREX – CARICOM Rapid Exchange system — is based on the European Rapid Exchange system (RAPEX) which has been in use for more than 30 years.The CARREX Secretariat will function as the central node with 15 national contact points, and the OECS Secretariat as an associated contact point. The 15 national networks will be made up of members from public administration bodies and institutions, economic operators and individual consumers and consumer organisations.According to Sidiropoulos, a product is classified as dangerous when you find out that although it has been manufactured and achieved certification it is proven to cause health or safety problems for consumers.by Nerissa GoldenCaribbean News Now Food & DiningLifestyleLocalNews Regional rapid exchange system for dangerous goods being developed by: – September 20, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 31 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Jamaica calls for joint collaboration to tackle Chikungunya

first_img Tweet 27 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Jamaica calls for joint collaboration to tackle Chikungunya by: – April 8, 2014 Sharing is caring! FERGUSON… the only effective means of prevention is to protect individuals from mosquito bitesHEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson wants a collaborative approach with governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector in the Americas to combat the spread of the Chikungunya (CHIK) disease, which is already affecting some countries in the Caribbean.The minister was participating in a tele-briefing last Friday to launch World Health Day 2014, which was observed yesterday, April 7, under the theme: ‘Small Bite, Big Threat’.CHIK is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito, which also transmits dengue fever. It has a three- to-seven-day incubation period and can cause acute, sub-acute and chronic illness.In the acute form of the disease, there is an abrupt onset of symptoms, which include high fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pains and rash. The symptoms generally resolve in seven to 10 days, but joint pains and stiffness may last for months or years, and can become a source of chronic pain and disability. Infants and the elderly are at greater risk for more severe pain.The launch, which was held at the offices of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, was one of several simultaneous launches held at PAHO/World Health Organisation (WHO) offices in the Americas and focused on a call to action to step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas.Ferguson indicated that the first two CHIK cases originating in the Americas were detected in the Dutch/French Caribbean island of St Maarten/St Martin on December 6, 2013, and that imported cases had been previously reported in Brazil, Canada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and the United States. Although outbreaks of the disease took place as early as 1952, it was the first time that the CHICK was originating in the Americas.“To date, 10 countries and territories in the region have recorded autochthonous cases of CHIK infection — Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin (French), Saint Maarten, St Barthelemy and St Kitts and Nevis. In addition, one imported case has been recorded in Aruba,” he added.The minister pointed out that there was no treatment or vaccine for CHIK, and that the only effective means of prevention is to protect individuals from mosquito bites. He said Jamaica was at risk because of the broad distribution of the vector, as well as the high mobility of persons around the region.He suggested that all countries in the Americas implement the recommendations of PAHO/WHO in the guidelines entitled: ‘Preparedness and Response for Chikungunya Virus, Introduction in the Americas’. These include detection of cases through establishing and strengthening dengue surveillance systems; managing cases through training and assessment of impact on society; and implementation of effective public communication strategies.Other speakers at the tele-briefing, organised by the WHO/PAHO, were director, US Centre for Disease Control, Dr Tom Frieden; US Global Malaria Co-ordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer; Secretary for Health Surveillance of Brazil Dr Jarbas Barbosa; and director, PAHO/WHO, Dr Carissa F Etienne.Jamaica Observerlast_img read more

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False rape claim Portsmouth woman Nicola Osborne jailed

first_imgNews False rape claim Portsmouth woman Nicola Osborne jailed by: – February 25, 2011 BBC News Sharing is caring! Share Osborne was found in the street by passers-by in a “distressed state”A woman has been jailed for lying that she had been abducted and raped after becoming worried her husband would find out about a one night stand.Nicola Osborne said she had been put into a car and raped in a public toilet in July, which led to the arrest of the man she had consensual sex with.Portsmouth Crown Court heard police used a “vast deployment” of manpower.Osborne, 32, of Portsmouth, was jailed for 18 months after earlier admitting perverting the course of justice.The hearing was told that Osborne, who had been drinking, was walking home when she began talking to a stranger in the street.‘Pregnancy fear’She went home with him where they engaged in “extensive sexual activity”, the court was told.But it was as she walked home that the mother-of-three, from Winchester Road, became upset as she realised the potential consequences on her marriage.Passers-by found her in a distressed state in the street and contacted police. She then told officers she had been raped.Martin Booth, prosecuting, told the court a total 548 hours of police man hours had been used in the inquiry.“Other investigations had to be put on the back-burner as police resources had to be diverted to this case,” he said.He explained that a 26-year-old man was arrested after DNA samples taken from Osborne matched those taken from him for a previous minor criminal offence.The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was arrested and detained for 12 hours.His victim impact statement, which was read to the court, said he had found the arrest “very humiliating’.“People like her make a mockery of women who have really been raped,” he said.Sentencing, Judge Roger Hetherington said Osborne had become “entangled” in her lie which had led to a “vast deployment of police manpower”.“I believe it suddenly hit you what the potential consequences were as to what you were going to be able to tell your husband about what you had been doing and a possible fear of pregnancy,” he said. Share 60 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Ministry of Health holds the first in a series of training workshops on the management of Diabetic Foot for people living with Diabetes

first_img 19 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health holds the first in a series of training workshops on the management of Diabetic Foot for people living with Diabetes by: – August 10, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share In photo: Nurse Rebbeca Eusebe family Nurse Practitioner (in discussion with participants)The Health Promotion Unit in the Ministry of Health, last week coordinated the training of over forty five (45) Diabetics and caregivers from the Portsmouth Health District in the Management of Diabetic Foot.The training components included theoretical sessions on foot care, signs of foot problems basic information on the disease and practical foot care demonstration. This was facilitated by Family Nurse Practitioner, Rebecca Eusebe.Ministry of Health Nutritionist Marynese Titre also facilitated the theoretical and practical demonstration session on the importance of a balance diet and the required serving sizes.Coordinator of the Health Promotion Unit, Helen Royer at the opening of the training session said that this was the 5th level of training targeting diabetics and caregivers aimed at empowering them to better care for themselves to avoid diabetic foot complications.In photo: Marynese Titre- Nutritionist discussing food portionsThe training workshop for diabetics is expected to expand to all the seven health districts and last week’s programme was the first in the series of training workshops on the Management of Diabetic Foot for people living with diabetes.An evaluation of the program indicated that workshop was very relevant to the diabetics and they had good impressions of the training.The training is part of an ongoing programme of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization –PAHO, which main goal is to reduce the risk of amputation and improve the quality of life for Diabetics.The Health Promotion Coordinator said the need for such a programme is due to the high incidence of diabetes, the risks of amputations, the economic cost for families and the implications for the health services.  She also said that although Diabetes is incurable, it can be controlled and self-management is one of the key strategies in prevention of complicationsIn photo: Helen Royer Coordinator Health Promotion (addressing the participants)The programme which commenced in June, 2011 is comprised of several components, including the training of caregivers, pedicurists, health care professionals, allied health care providers and diabetics in Dominica.The Ministry of Health hopes   that the programme will help in the improvement, the quality of life for Diabetics and a reduction in amputation in Dominica.Press ReleaseHealth Promotion Unitlast_img read more

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Two fugitives tracked down in the Caribbean

first_img Share Share Share 25 Views   no discussions Photo credit: traveldiscounters.caGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Two fugitives from justice have recently been separately tracked down in different Caribbean islands – one in the Cayman Islands and the other in the Dominican Republic.After more than 20 years on the run, ComputerLand founder William H. Millard was located in Grand Cayman, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. He was reportedly spotted living in a yellow mansion with his wife.The eccentric millionaire had last been seen on the remote Pacific Island of Saipan in 1990, but has been able to avoid authorities for more than two decades.He left ComputerLand in 1987 after a long battle against investors, moved his family to Saipan – and even began building a castle on the island’s coastline, according to the Journal.But after things went south and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands ordered him to pay $36 million in taxes in 1994, he disappeared. The unpaid tax bill has continued to grow, and now amounts to some $100 million.During his time missing, he was traced to Singapore, Ireland, Brussels and Hong Kong – before finally being spotted taking a walk outside his home in the Cayman Islands.“I hope he will do the right thing and pay his debts,” the country’s prosecutor Michael Kim told the Journal. “But most people do not let go of $100 million easily.”Millard was once considered one of the richest men in America. His computer chain, ComputerLand, had 800 retail outlets that did $1.4 billion worth of business in 1984, according to a 1985 Fortune Magazine article on Millard.However, in 1985, a jury sided with investors and awarded $115 million in punitive damages against Millard. Two years later, he gave up all of his shares in the business.Prosecutors told the Journal he is linked to a network of 50 shell companies, trusts and banks accounts.“This is one of the most sophisticated and complicated cases of offshore asset structuring that we have ever seen,” Kim, the prosecutor, said.Meanwhile, a fugitive British fraudster Michael Brown has been tracked down to a Caribbean hideout in the Dominican Republic after three years on the run.He was convicted of multi-million-pound theft and fraud in November 2008 in his absence, after skipping bail and disappearing.However, bringing him to justice could be difficult as there’s no extradition agreement between the Dominican Republic and Britain.City of London Police revealed they had been ‘aware for some time’ that the fugitive had been living under an alias in the Dominican Republic and as part of their investigations, two men were arrested in London on Friday on suspicion of assisting an offender.Brown had been due to stand trial in 2008 charged with 18 offences, including money laundering, theft, and perverting the course of justice. Brown’s escape before the trial was facilitated by convicted drug smuggler Paul Nally, who gave him a fake passport and travelled with him to the Dominican Republic on June 30 2008, according to The Sunday Telegraph.Nally came back a week later, but Brown stayed and set up bank accounts and real estate ventures using a fake name – Darren P Nally.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional Two fugitives tracked down in the Caribbean by: – September 12, 2011last_img read more

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Dominica seeks to improve survival rate during road accidents.

first_img Share Dr. Paul Ricketts. (file photo)Dominica is looking to improve its survival rate during road accidents.Chairman of the Violence and Injury Surveillance System Committee Dr. Paul Ricketts says improvement in the availability of emergency staff at the Princess Margaret Hospital is among matters on a draft safety strategy to be sent to Cabinet for consideration. He was addressing the launch of local activities on the Decade of Action on Road Safety at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday last week.“The second broad objective is to improve the crash to theater time for seriously injured individuals requiring surgical intervention. Here we recognize that we need to make some adjustments to how we manage our patients so as to improve the survival rate, bearing in mind that the people who are dying are young and productive individuals,” he said.According to Dr. Ricketts, government will seek to improve the availability of emergency staff at the hospital to get patients to theatre at a much shorter time.“The next step is to finalize and present this draft safety strategy to Cabinet for its consideration and hopeful approval and continue to encourage all government departments, civil society and the private sector to conduct activities geared at improving road safety,” he said.Meantime, Dr. Ricketts says if the Cabinet approves the draft safety strategy, all vehicles entering the country must meet the minimum safety standards. Dominica has so far recorded six road fatalities for this year. Meantime, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisor on Violence and Injuries Dr. Tomo Kanda says PAHO will continue to provide technical support to national road safety initiatives.She says a multidisciplinary approach is essential to the success of road safety practices. Statistics indicate that road traffic accident is the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Dominica seeks to improve survival rate during road accidents. by: – September 26, 2011 Sharecenter_img 58 Views   one comment Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Sponsorship and marketing a major challenge for Carnival organizers

first_img Sharing is caring! Dr. Alwin BullyOrganizers of the 2012 Real Mas have cited sponsorship and the marketing of the island’s traditional Mas as two of the major challenges hindering the overall success of the activities.Although Dominica’s 2012 carnival was officially launched on December 15th, 2011, sponsorship for carnival activities are said to be dwindling compared to that of last year.At the Dominica Festivals Committee’s weekly press conference on Wednesday, Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee, Dr. Alwin Bully said that to date, only one of the carnival queen contestants have secured sponsorship, ahead of the competition carded for February 17th, 2012. Dr. Bully announced that both sponsorship in cash and kind are minimal so far, posing great pressure on the organizers of the Real Mas.“It’s a real challenge given these economic times and both from the side of the Government of Dominica as well as the private sector for sponsorship. The question of how to market and how to create a real image of Dominica to be seen in the region and the rest of the world is really the biggest challenge that we have. We know we have a good product, we know we have great competition like Trinidad and Tobago carnival as well as Brazil, New Orleans, Martinique and Guadeloupe, but we are still confident that we have a product; that if well marketed, well-advertised and well presented, can still have the results we know are possible”. Our calypsos which we are convinced are world class will be underscored and seen and used and involved in other carnivals apart from our own on a major scale. But these things call for change, and change is always difficult among our people. The present format that we have may be working to a certain extent but you can only know its full potential after you try the other alternatives. These are the challenges we have; how to do it, the finances to do it and hopes that when you do a change the finances themselves will be increased by the general public and the region and the Diaspora”.The Dominica Festivals Committee continues to urge stakeholders in both the public and private sector to partner with them in making the Real Mas 2012 a success. Dominica Festivals Committee Events Drector’s representative, Ms Marva Williams According to Marva Williams, who represented DFC’s Events Director at Wednesday’s press conference, sponsors should view their partnership as a marketing opportunity for their company or organization.“All over the world, gone are the days a company big or small would just write them a cheque and expect nothing in return. We are all facing currently a decrease in revenue and we are all attempting to resolve this decrease by partnering with other people and companies who have caught the vision of change through smart market intelligence. DFC therefore appeals to companies in Dominica to help us develop sponsor partnerships with our corporations, small and large businesses where together we may find revenue opportunities. We realize that there is no “free money” but DFC also sees your sponsorships as a pulling of our marketing efforts since your company also to must remain financially responsible for their stakeholders and to the company as a whole. Therefore when we enter these partnerships, we endeavor to work along with you for mutual benefits”.LIME Dominica is the gold sponsor for the 2012 Real Mas.LIME Dominica General Manager, Mr. Jeffrey Baptiste LIME’s Country Manager, Jeffrey Baptiste also echoed calls for more partners to come on board to support the carnival activities. He said LIME’s contribution is not only towards DFC and the CDC, but is an investment in the promotion and preservation of our culture.“For us at LIME, it is another opportunity to reaffirm our commitment. We have an unwavering commitment to develop and build our community and people and carnival and culture is one pillar of what we have committed to do. We exist primarily to create a better place and to improve the lives of the people that we serve in Dominica and by extension the region. So this is part of who we are and we see ourselves as an integral part of the community in which we operate. This is not a one sided thing, it is not a show, it is something that we are passionate about and we are committed to do”, he said.Other sponsors who recently came on board were the Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd and Depex Color Lab whose sponsorship amounted to over $8,000.00.Dominica Vibes News Share 38 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Sponsorship and marketing a major challenge for Carnival organizers by: – January 19, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

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Two projects with prospects of transforming the export sector have been launched in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Two projects with prospects of transforming the export sector have been launched in Dominica by: – March 6, 2012 Tweet Share Share Two major projects geared at transforming the export sector in the country have been officially launched.The National Export Strategy (NES) and the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries (DCSI) which are being funded by the Caribbean Aid for Trade and the Caribbean Development Bank were launched in Dominica on Monday.Dr. Colin McIntyre.The projects costing $3 million are also expected to facilitate the development and export of products and services across priority sectors.Minister for Employment, Trade and Diaspora affairs Collin McIntyre says the launch represents a new strategy to battle current challenges.“Today we are witnessing the launch at a time described by the governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) of considerable uncertainty in the economy,” he said.According to McIntyre, a new strategy is required to address current challenges.“Government has adopted a new strategy to achieve the improvements in its performance” he further noted.Division Chief of the Technical Corporation Division at the Caribbean Development Bank Clairvair Scoyers says the two projects come at a time when economic diversification is required to move forward.“The CBD is committed to the development of Dominica and all other member countries. It is in tune with global and local challenges that confront our countries at this time. We fully understand the need for economic diversification and the development of export capacity, given the decline in the performance of the banana industry in Dominica and the other Windward Islands,” he said.According to him, the projects are essential to Dominica’s diversification strategy.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 5 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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