first_imgRelatedJamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer Jamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer Health & WellnessMarch 21, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MANDEVILLE – Administrative Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Carol Blair, is appealing to Jamaicans 50 years and over, to get screened for colon cancer. She said that advances in technology allows for early detection, which could save lives. “We encourage that you go to your doctor or go to the clinic and you ask questions. The most important thing (is) for people to get tested annually. Once you are 50, both men and women, you need to start getting screened for colon cancer,” she stated. Mrs. Blair was addressing a colon cancer medical symposium held recently at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville in observance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March. Chief Medical Officer at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr. Hopeton Falconer, also stressed the importance of screening for early detection of the disease. He said that if pre-cancerous tumors are caught, they can be successfully removed and prevent the high financial and emotional costs associated with cancer surgery or chemotherapy. He said that in addition to having regular checks, persons should adopt healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy diet and regular exercise. Cancer of the colon is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica. The Jamaica Cancer Registry reported an incidence of 13 per 100,000 cases locally. Like cervical cancer however, colon cancer can be prevented with screening to detect the pre-cancerous stage in the form of colon polyps. These can then be removed from the colon before cancer forms. CONTACT: GARFIELD ANGUS, JIS Reporter RelatedJamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer RelatedJamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgiStock/Graffizone(NEW YORK) —  A former New York City police officer was indicted for attempting to cover up a crime scene after shooting a man in the face, multiple sources confirmed to ABC News.Ritchard Blake turned himself in to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office on Friday and is expected to get arraigned on two counts of tampering with physical evidence charges, sources said.Blake, 41, allegedly got into an altercation with Thavone Santana during the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 2, 2018 and fired two shots. One of the bullets burrowed through Santana’s face and landed in his neck where it remains, according to a federal civil lawsuit he filed in January.After the shooting, Blake allegedly told 911 he opened fired in self-defense because he was being robbed. The following day, video surveillance showed a different story, an internal investigation was launched and Blake was fired from the force.Blake is not charged in the shooting itself but in the cover-up after police said he hovered over Santana, noticed the security cameras on a lamppost and planted a knife on the victim.A law enforcement source told ABC News that “all the evidence was presented to the grand jury and they found that the shooting was justified.”According to the lawsuit, Blake has a history of violence.“Sgt. Blake has a prominent and long history of violence, assaults and was the subject of Internal Affairs investigations of his actions in 2010, 2011 and 2016 and was disciplined for his violations of NYPD Policies.”Request for comment by ABC News from Blake’s attorney Abe George was not immediately received.George previously told ABC News his client acted in self-defense and that Santana was the aggressor. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Mark KomnikIt may not seem like there’s an end to Business Continuity Planning (Spoiler Alert!  There’s not.), but planning ahead goes a long way; especially during a crisis.  In addition to the 12 Super Easy Ways to Keep Your Credit Union BCP Alive, the process of reviewing and updating your DR plan should be done on an annual basis.  Many credit union’s make the mistake of a simple review and fail to capture important changes that could impact their recovery strategies.The following “changes” should be signals that more than a cursory review of your BCP should take place:Personnel changes – It’s important to update your plans when employees are no longer employed by the credit union.  It’s even more important that new key staff are well informed about the DR plans and added to the appropriate response teams, if necessary.  New hire training is an excellent time to raise BCP awareness by reviewing your credit union’s plan during the on-boarding process.Hardware and/or software changes – If your credit union has recently “experienced” a core conversion, virtualized your servers, or finally upgraded from Windows XP, update your DR plan to reflect the new recovery procedures.Hot site infrastructure – If you invest in a hot site location, such as Ongoing Operations, you should test your infrastructure and equipment to ensure it can failover properly and withstand any issues of its own, such as the intended data load.  Not only does it verify everything works properly, it can assist you with budget prioritization when it comes time for upgrades or equipment replacement.  Be sure to document all testing, note any exceptions for resolution, then re-test. continue reading »last_img read more