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Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from tuberculosis (TB) fell by 37.5% in the Americas and new cases dropped by 24%.However, the rate of decline must be accelerated for the Region to be able to end the disease, according to a new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). "Tuberculosis in the Americas2018",a reportissued on the eve of the first United Nations High-level Meeting on Ending TB,provides a complete and updated assessment of the TB epidemic and progress made in treating and preventing the disease in the Region. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 282,000 new cases of TB in the Americas, 11% of which were in people living with HIV.In all, 87% of cases were concentrated in 10 countries, with Brazil, Peru,and Mexico reporting just over half the total.An estimated 24,000 people died last year from tuberculosis in the Region, and 6,000 of them were coinfected with HIV. “Ending TB will only be possible if we step up the reduction in new cases and deaths,” said PAHO Director, Carissa F. Etienne.“We need to expandaccess to diagnosis and quality treatment for everyone who needs it and to address social determinants that affect health and favor transmission of the disease,” she noted. Although preventable and curable, tuberculosis is currently the region’s most lethal infectious disease and its persistence is largely due to the serious social and economic inequities in the Americas.Since 2015, deaths fell on average by 2.5% per year and new cases dropped by 1.6%, but they need to fall at a rate of 12% and 8% per year, respectively, to achieve the intermediate targets for 2020 and continue to decline until 2030. Ending the worldwide tuberculosis epidemic is one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).WHO’sEnd TBStrategy, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2014, aims to reduce deaths from TB by 90% and the incidence of the disease (number of new cases each year) by 80% by 2030, compared to 2015 levels. Diagnosis, treatment, and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis The report notes that more than50,000 people in the Region––almost half of them under 15 years of age––do not know they have the disease and have not been treated.This diagnostic gap increased by 3,000 people, compared to 2016.Rapiddiagnostic testing, a new tool that could help to close the gap, was used in just 13% of diagnosed cases, up slightly from 9% in 2016. Treatment for TB has saved thousands of lives.However, in the last five years 75% of patients were cured, which is below the target set for 2030 (at least 90% cured).To step up progress, the report recommends that countries improve patient monitoring to ensure follow-through on treatment (8.6% abandon treatment) and address access barriers to health care, among other issues. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is also a serious threat, with an estimated 11,000 people in the Region currently infected by this form of the disease.Among those who develop it, the cure rate is just 56%. Caribbean countries with the lowest incidence of TB The Americas is the region with the lowest percentage of new TB cases in the world (3% of the total) and is the first region with a real opportunity to eliminate the disease as a public health problem.According to the report, 15 countries,12 of them from the Caribbean, have low TB incidence (less than 10cases per 100,000 people) and are on the road to elimination. “Countries are adopting measures to tackle TB, but they cannot lower their guard and must redouble efforts, along with the collaboration of society at large, including the affected communities,” said Marcos Espinal, Director of PAHO’s Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health. The report’s other recommendations for accelerating progress toward eliminating TB, especially in the countries with the greatest disease burden, include:promoting the study of contacts with people who have TB, especially children under 15;stepping up implementation of simpler treatment regimens and introducing drugs for children;reaching the most vulnerable populations and addressing social determinants, and ensuring that plans are financed with a country’s own resources rather than depending on external funds. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Jamaican poet and philosopher Mutabaruka is questioning whether Chinese-led roadworkswill put Jamaica on a path to debt default resulting in land grabs, similar to other nations. “We must look at what is happening in other parts of the world as it relates to China. Other countries are faltering on loans and they have to take land and sea ports,” said Mutabaruka recently on his ‘Cutting Edge’ radio talk show. Jamaica’s main overseas investor, the Chinese are financing a series of road rehabilitation projects in the Corporate Area - including developments at Three Miles, Constant Spring Road, Hagley Park and Mandela Highway - costing J$12 billion. All the aforementioned projects are happening simultaneously in order for the Government to keep the funds available for use from China. There is also the planned US$384 million South Coast Highway connecting to Portland and thelong-awaited bypass road for Montego Bay, St Jamesto be constructed by the Chinese. The projects are preceded by the completed Chinese-built North South Highway. In June, China assumed 99-year control of a Sri Lankan seaport and 15,000 acres of lands surrounding it following the Sri Lankan Government’s default on a loan related to an over US$1 billion port development which became a hugely underperforming assets. China also assumed control of the main international airport in Zambia for debt repayment default. There are also concerns about the Chinese influence in Ghana and other nations. Separately, Zambia’s power company ZESCO is in talks for a takeover. “You think it can’t happen to we, after all these pretty lights and motorways?” Muta questioned. “And I love the highway," he said. Muta said that politicians have good intentions when not in power but, when in power, "absolute power corrupts absolutely". For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopKY for Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopKYfor IoS.


At least four representatives from the Cayman Islands government are expected to bein attendance at this year’s staging of the Monaco Yacht Show. The Monaco Yacht Show is one of the most prestigious boat shows in the world, with the likes of Prince Albert II of Monaco and other socialites making the event a staple of their yearly calendar. Premier Alden McLaughlin, Minister for Financial Services and Home Affairs Tara Rivers, as well as representatives from the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands will be in attendance at the event which kicks off on September 26. Travelling with the Premier is Head of the Office of the Premier, Roy Tatum, and Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose. The event, which provides a platform to over 500 top companies to showcase their products, is viewed by Cayman Islands officials as ‘the place’ to exhibit their offerings to stakeholders in the yachting industry. Of the current super yachts under construction worldwide, about 45 per cent are being built under the supervision of the Cayman Registry. As a dominating flag state of a segment of the yachting industry, the Cayman Islands has more than 80 per cent of the market share and ranks number two in the world, second only to France. According to the government, the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry plays an important role in the local financial services industry and the Monaco Yacht Show is important to the Cayman Islands as it showcases its shipping registry to the world. “The Monaco Yacht Show is the main annual event for the super yacht industry and provides the ultimate showcase for industry influencers,” said McLaughlin. “It is a key event for Cayman representatives to network with the most influential stakeholders in the industry,” he added. This year there will be 580 exhibitors at the Yacht Show and an anticipated 34,000 participants. There will be 125 yachts on display at a value of more than $2.5 Billion Euros. Represented will be 67 shipyards, 22 brokerage agencies and 26 refit yards as well as 45 new builds. One of the Cayman Islands events at the Monaco show will be the recognition of the 60th anniversary of Cayman’s Coat of Arms, which is proudly displayed on both the blue (land) and red (sea) flags. “We are a leading flag state in the super yacht industry and it is important for us to be part of this important event and be available to meet with owners and their representatives to ensure they have the most up-to-date information on what the Cayman Islands can offer and provide the best possible advice for their existing and future super yachts,” McLaughlin said. “In addition, I will be able to tell them how well the Cayman Islands is doing economically and politically and that we continue to be a good and stable jurisdiction in which to do business,” he added. The Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands has been attending the yacht show since 1996. “This is our 22nd year attending the show,” said Joel Walton, head of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands. “Over these years the Cayman Islands has established itself as the flag of choice for the superyacht industry." The Monaco Yacht Show is an annual trade show held in Port Hercules and is Europe’s largest in-water display of yachts. The event was launched in 1991 as a broker-oriented event focused on superyachts over 66-feet in length. Throughout the four-day event there are more than 150 private events including press features, conferences, receptions and product presentations.

The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram's chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off "to explore our curiosity and creativity again." "Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team," Systrom said. "We've grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We're now ready for our next chapter." "Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that's what we plan to do," Systrom said. "We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion." No explanation was given for their sudden departure from the photo-sharing network they founded in 2010. Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, just before going public, at a price that seemed inconceivable at the time — $1 billion — especially for a little-known startup with no profit. At the time Instagram was ad-free, with a loyal following of 31 million users who were all on mobile devices — still a somewhat elusive bunch for the web-born Facebook back then. Since then, the service has grown to more than 1 billion users and has of course added plenty of advertisements. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom and Krieger "extraordinary product leaders" and said he was looking forward "to seeing what they build next." The departures are a challenge for Facebook. Instagram has been a bright spot for company not just because it's seen as a more uplifting place than Facebook itself, but because it is popular with teens and young people — a group Facebook has had trouble keeping around. Instagram has largely escaped Facebook's high-profile problems over user privacy, foreign elections interference and fake news, even though it is not immune to any of these things (Facebook recently disclosed it has deleted hundreds of pages on its namesake site as well as Instagram that were linked to global misinformation campaigns intended to disrupt elections). Though Systrom, in the early days of Instagram ads, famously checked each one personally to ensure it aligned with the app's aesthetics, he was not as loudly anti-ads as the founder of another popular Facebook-acquired mobile app, WhatsApp. WhatsApp's CEO Jan Koum resigned in April. Koum had signaled years earlier that he would take a stand against Facebook if the company's push to increase profits demanded radical changes in the way WhatsApp operates. In a blog post written when Facebook announced the biggest acquisition in its history, Koum wrote that the deal wouldn't have happened if WhatsApp "had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product."


The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) recently presented certificates of commendation and appreciation to volunteers and emergency responders who participated in a full-scale emergency exercise staged at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport in Cayman Brac on June 12, 2018. “In recent years there have been several unthinkable acts against civil aviation around the world. Rather than pretend this could not happen here, the CIAA chose to be proactive and update our response to these type of incidents,” said Chief Safety Management Officer Andrew McLaughlin. “The scenarios used in the Airport Emergency Exercises this year were extremely challenging. This is the first time to my knowledge we have presented two separate incidents occurring within minutes of each other. This required all agencies to think on their feet as resources and personnel were stretched to their limits," he added. To comply with International Standards, the CIAA stages two full-scale emergency exercises every two years in order to test the ability of airport staff and emergency response agencies to work together to form an organised response to save lives and limit damage to property. “I am proud to say that airport personnel and emergency responders maintained focus on the basic skills needed to control both situations and maintain personal safety levels, while responding with the necessary plans and procedures to neutralise both threats. At the heart of these exercises are the volunteers, whether acting as victims or Red Cross first aiders. Without them this would not be possible,” saidMcLaughlin.

The library of the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) is to host, what promises to be, an exciting career fair on Friday for Year 12 students. The career fair aims to connect the final year students with employers; providing the potential for them to land unpaid internship opportunities which will run from October 2018 to mid-April 2019. If selected, the internship would require the students attend work two days a week, which includes mentoring, monitoring, and evaluation on a regular basis According to the fair organizers, the purpose of the event is for students to engage with employers and make a great impression. “The internship experience is intended to prepare our young people for the world of work, where they can enhance their work ethic, improve their competencies and make an excellent contribution to their place of work,” said Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister for Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture, and Land. "For many students, an internship is a stepping stone to additional opportunities within the same organization, including full-time employment,” added the minister. Employers participating in the fair cover a large range of professions including, but not limited to, aviation, banking, law, hospitality, beauty therapy, construction, childcare, education, healthcare, media, the arts and Information Technology (IT).


The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending Caribbean Premier League champions

Trinbago Knight Riders can clinch a top-two finish in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League if they beat the Barbados Tridents at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night in Port-of-Spain. The Knight Riders are coming off a 67-run win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Wednesday, while the Tridents are on a six-game losing streak, including a loss to Dwayne Bravo’s team last week. Bravo said that his team will approach their game against the Tridents with the same mindset as against the Amazon Warriors. "We had a great game against the War­riors and the mind­set will be the same go­ing up against the Tri­dents. In the Guyana game, we got a good start through Col­in Munro and we did well with the ball too, Ali Khan was ex­cel­lent,” said Bravo. Bravo also singled out tournament top-scorer Munro for praise. “Munro is our best bats­men, he's very con­sis­tent, he's hun­gry for suc­cess and it’s good to have in­ter­na­tion­al play­ers who are com­mit­ted to the team and com­mit­ted to win­ning and that's what we want from over­seas play­ers,” said Bravo. The Knight Riders are on 12 points with eight games played, while the Tridents are at the bottom of the six-team table with only four points from nine games. The 2018 Caribbean Premier League final is set for Sep­tem­ber 16 in Trinidad at the Bri­an Lara Crick­et Acad­e­my in Tarou­ba, San Fer­nan­do.