They have not seated the words of Dusan Tadic in the preview of Getafe-Ajax this Thursday among the Azulona fans. The captain once again insisted on the fame of the aggressive team Bordalás and, after playing with Waalwijk (Tadic scored a penalty) the captain valued the Madrid’s style of play: “They are warriors. They compete for each ball and really give it their all. They are physically very strong and go beyond the limit if necessary. ”Mainly, he says it for the match against Barça this weekend that he used to get an idea of his next rivals. “Getafe is a very strong team, I saw them against Barcelona on Saturday. They lost 2-1, but it could have been 2-2. To be honest, they deserved a draw ”praised the Serbian.“They dare to push hard, even at Camp Nou. Sometimes they don’t even let the goalkeeper keep possession. We have to prepare very well for Thursday ”, continued commenting on the strategy of Getafe. But it also has the formula to harm them: “If they pressure us in our own field, it is because they leave space in theirs. Therefore, we have to look for depth and move the fast ball from one side to another ”. In addition, he is confident of going round. “It will not be easy, but we are the Ajax. We have to qualify, we want to get very far in this Europa League ”. His partner Van de Beek also resorted to the same ideas: “It is a team that dared to press Barcelona. They have a very physical game. We will have to have a good plan. ” “I hope we can repeat such a beautiful night”, said the midfielder, remembering the 1-4 with which they eliminated Real Madrid last season.Ten Hag himself admitted that they have to improve to win this Thursday and that “He is a fantastic rival, they are third in the League for something.”“Valencia dried Ajax with similar pressure, Ten Hag will have to prove that he learned from that defeat”, can be read in the tactical analysis of one of the websites specialized in Ajax and in a debate in US the commentators did not hesitate: “Getafe is the favorite, without a doubt”. A clash of styles that every football fan is looking forward to enjoying.
…says it will engage the Public Health MinistryThe Society Against Sexual Orientation and Discrimination (SASOD) is appealing for partnerships with governmental and Private Sector entities as it relates to the distribution of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs, a pill that can prevent the contraction of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in persons who are HIV negative.Speaking at the SASOD headquarters on Thursday was the organisation’s Public Health Consultant, Dr Nastassia Rambarran, who indicated that a study was conducted by the organisation with HIV negative individuals so as to involve the opinions of the general population.They included 47 persons from Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-WestMembers of SASOD who were part of the team that conducted the studyDemerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) whereby the level of knowledge, attitudes and delivery preferences in relation to PrEP.According to Rambarran, the daily pill can result in 90 to 98 per cent protection against the disease and is mainly catered for those whose partners are HIV positive.Additionally, sex workers and transgender persons can also protect themselves from the virus but additional protection is needed against other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).“There are other forms [of the medication]. However, that [pill] is just the most common one and they’re also working on things apart from that but for now that’s what we have.”While a majority of these persons were interested in the benefits of the pill, they were concerned about the costs attached and the HIV stigma that follows upon inquiry of the drug.Hence, the group is requesting that Government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) take up the responsibility of providing the drugs to these persons. They would also be able to reduce the cost to about US$10 for one month’s supply of the medication.“Persons spoke about some barriers that could impede PrEP uptake and these include the fact that it is a pill that has to be remembered to be taken daily, side effects, denial about risk, lack of education and frequency of blood work. Two major barriers were the cost of the medication, if it had to be bought, and the continued stigma around HIV.Founder of SASOD, Joel Simpson, indicated that the next steps would entail engaging the Public Health Ministry and the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS), given that the advantages of supplying the pills are numerous.“The first place that we think that we need to go is to get this before the policymakers at the Ministry of Public Health. We think we have enough [data] for implementation and our next step will be to meet with the Programme Manager at the National Aids Programme Secretariat,” Simpson.The organisation is also calling for the sensitisation of the general public on the use of pill which can provide protection against HIV if used as prescribed.
Too little food and too much work can stress out corals and leave them vulnerable to disease. The most pervasive family of diseases, called white syndromes, strips corals to mere skeletons of their former vibrancy (as in the image above). A paper published this week in PLOS ONE shows that dredging, the act of shoveling tons of sediment from the sea floor to maintain beaches and build new land, contributes to the spread of diseases like white syndromes by placing corals under intense stress. Researchers used satellite images to study the effects of the Gorgon Project, which dredged about 7.6 million tons of sediment to clear a shipping channel. Corals that were exposed to sediment plumes from 296 to 347 days showed twice as much disease than corals that suffered little to no exposure. Dredging muddied the water, increasing turbidity and blocking out sunlight. Without sunlight, the corals’ symbiotic algae could not photosynthesize to provide the coral with essential nutrients. Sediment that blanketed corals also prevented them from suspension feeding and forced corals to expend energy on sloughing off the muck. Under these stressful conditions, the corals were more susceptible to disease. The researchers hope to further study exactly how diseases like white syndromes latch on to corals as coastal development continues.