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I rejected PSG for Arsenal, confirms Lacazette

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring from the penalty spot against West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 25, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 4 – Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette says he turned down Paris Saint-Germain to sign for the English side from Lyon.The France international has made a bright start to his Premier League career with four goals in seven matches, and says he had his mind set on leaving Ligue 1. “We talked to PSG but I knew it was not where I wanted to go,” Lacazette told RMC Sport. “In France, I would only play for Lyon.“PSG could have helped me progress because of the big players they have but I wanted to play in another league.”The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League standings and undefeated in their last four matches since their 4-0 capitulation against Liverpool.They have also breezed through their early Europa League encounters, and Lacazette says they are valid contenders for both trophies.“I believe in the title, whether in the Premier League or in the Europa League,” he added. “We have a big group, everyone gets along, it’s not always the best that wins.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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World Cancer Day Message from the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health

first_imgCancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths, which is around 13% of all deaths in 2008. Seventy percent of all cancer related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries such as Jamaica. In Jamaica, cancer is one of the top five causes of death in our population. According to data from the Registrar General’s Department, in 2010, 3198, Jamaicans died due to cancer. The three most common types of cancer that kill Jamaican men are prostate, lung and colorectal and for women they are breast, cervix and colorectal cancer. In 2009, there were 4,315 discharges from Government hospitals, including UHWI, for Cancer. On World Cancer Day this year, the Ministry of Health is joining with the World Health Organization and supporting the International Union Against Cancer to urge persons to get the facts about cancers. This year will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer – Did you know?”. The myths that we must work towards dispelling are Myth 1: “Cancer is just a health issue”; Myth 2: “Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries”; Myth 3: “Cancer is a death sentence”; and Myth 4: “Cancer is my fate”. The truth is that cancer has wide reaching social, economic and development implications. Approximately 47% of cancers and 55% of related deaths occur in less developed regions of the world. Its impact on persons also threatens the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the disease has been branded both a cause and outcome of poverty. There is no specific age group that is affected; the disease affects persons from all age and socio-economic groups. The good news is that the development and improvement in medical technology and treatment methods have resulted in successful treatment of many cancers and so the disease is no longer considered a death sentence. More than 30% of cancers could be prevented and cured if detected early and treated adequately. Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of cancer in the world. In Jamaica, Cancer Prevention and Control has been afforded priority attention in view of the rapidly increasing trend globally and locally in the prevalence of cancers. A National Technical Working Group/Task Force on Cancer Prevention and Control has been put in place to develop that component of the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases in Jamaica 2012 – 2017. As a priority of this Government, work has already begun towards improving cancer care. In November last year, we officially opened the Ambulatory Chemotherapy Unit at the Kingston Public Hospital which is the first of its kind at the KPH and will provide enhanced care for cancer patients, while improving treatment and diagnostic services for increased survival and recovery. Sixty one patients were treated in the unit at KPH in November and that number increased to 101 in December. If we are going to tackle this problem we must work together; all of government not just the Ministry of Health, civil society, persons living with and affected by cancer, private sector and academia are required to ensure the effective prevention and control of NCDs. Some of the ways we can prevent cancer is by not smoking, sticking to a healthy diet, becoming more physically active, visiting our doctor to assess our cancer risk and getting screened. I urge all Jamaicans to join me in this fight, get the facts about cancer and begin the quest to a healthier lifestyle as your commitment this World Cancer Day. Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson Minister of Healthlast_img read more

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RollsRoyce Finferries to Optimise Ship Safety Efficiency

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Rolls-Royce UK-based Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries will jointly develop strategies and solutions to optimise the safety and efficiency of marine operations.This will be undertaken through developing the technology for decision supporting systems, the companies informed, adding that they would also demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations.Under the collaboration agreement, the parties said their key focus will be to consider a new research project, called SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), whereby Rolls-Royce and Finferries will look to implement the findings from the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) research project, which formally ended in late 2017.Funded by Business Finland, AAWA brought together a number of stakeholders from a myriad of shipping industry sectors to research the commercial and technical viability of a next generation of advanced ship solutions. Both Rolls-Royce and Finferries were involved in the project.“This new collaboration agreement could take safer, cleaner shipping to the next level. Rolls-Royce will develop solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine operations in the ferry sector, which will be demonstrated in the test platform provided by Finferries,” Karno Tenovuo, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence, said.last_img read more

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