Just hours after being charged on six counts of felony drug-related charges Wednesday, the Ripley County chief deputy sheriff bonded out of jail.David Pippin was charged with Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Deceit, after investigators say he filled prescriptions for Hydrocodone from five separate doctors in a two year period without disclosing that he was already prescribed.“He turned himself immediately into the Ripley County Jail after being notified there had been a warrant issued in this investigation today,” explained Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills. Pippin has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation.The charges came as a surprise to Sheriff Grills, who administered a 12-panel drug screen to his employees a few months ago.“I had drug tested every employee in my office on September 17,” said Grills. “And everybody passed, Dave Pippin passed.”Chief Deputy Pippin has been employed with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office since 1995 and has not received any disciplinary actions, the sheriff added.An investigation into Pippin’s alleged prescription drug use was launched after his former sister-in-law notified Indiana State Police. Court documents also revealed that doctor’s office and pharmacy records were used to verify it.According to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, doctors would not have prescribed Pippin had they known he was already receiving the hydrocodone prescriptions.“He did not disclose this information to doctor’s that were prescribing him,” Hertel said.Pippin filled prescriptions for 494 hydrocodone pills in a 55-day period in 2012, and 2,825 from August 2011 to July 2012, according to the court affidavit.An initial hearing has not been set. If the case goes to trial, Hertel stated that it could be relocated to a different county.
At first glance, the headline sounds absurd: is our world natural? Of course the world is natural. Nature is natural, isn’t it? Often, though, we picture what humans do as unnatural – oil spills, landfills, pollution, nuclear waste, crime, war. But if humans are a part of nature, then whatever they do is natural. Some recent articles show that the definition of natural requires some reflection.Gulf oil spill: The gulf oil spill, the worst environmental disaster the United States has ever faced, is finally in the cleanup stages. To consider the impact on wildlife, jobs, and the economy is heart wrenching. Who could not be moved by those news photos of pelicans drenched in oil, black goo infesting delicate wetlands, tarballs on white beaches? It seems so unnatural. Images of man-made machinery, complicated drill rigs and capping devices add to the contrast between natural and unnatural. Few seem to be commenting on the fact that the oil is coming out of the earth. If the earth is natural, any substance it exudes must also be natural. “Natural” oil seeps have leaked crude into the gulf long before man decided to tap into the subsurface reservoirs (see BBC News, “Seepages near the leaking BP oil well ‘may be natural’”). What’s more, bacteria are expected to break down the oil over time, and bacteria are natural. Defining unnatural in this instance, therefore, needs to include situations of natural substances undergoing possibly unnatural processes, or concentrating in unnatural amounts where they are not usually found. But if unnatural includes those situations, it also includes numerous unusual concentrations of natural substances (lava, radioactive elements, smoke, algal blooms) that had nothing to do with man’s intervention.Forest fires: Fire season is coming to the western United States again. One can only hope that the devastation of last year’s record fires will not be repeated. For many years, the public learned from Smokey Bear that “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Fire lookout towers were installed in vulnerable areas, and any puff of smoke in a national park or wilderness area set off a monumental effort at fire suppression, even if no structures were threatened– smoke jumpers dropped into the burn zone, water-dropping aircraft dropping water and flame retardant, firebreaks quickly carved through the wilderness. A paradigm change occurred in the 1970s, however, as more park superintendents and ecologists considered the role of “natural” wildfires to the health of the forest. Botanists realized many forest trees and herbaceous plants actually rely on fire for their propagation. Fires began to be incorporated as a normal, “natural” part of the forest life cycle. Parks adopted a “let burn” policy for wildfires set by lightning, even if the smoke drifted into Yosemite Valley and set the tourists coughing. Only fires that threatened buildings were suppressed. The 1988 Yellowstone fires, though, set by a backpacker’s campfire, set the ecologists talking about canopy fires – those exceptionally hot fires that burned not only the undergrowth but the tops of the trees, leaving a whole area devastated, unable to sustain wildlife and unable to restrict the damage of erosion. Now, it seemed a new dividing line was being erected between natural and unnatural. It’s doubtful, however, that the 1988 catastrophe was the first one. How many were set in past centuries by lightning in exceptionally dry, hot years? Perhaps the 1988 fire could be called unnatural because it was human caused. But again, if humans are part of nature, like any other mammal, anything they do could arguably called natural. Maybe a distinction could be drawn between human-caused fires that are intentional instead of accidental. Arson fires have caused untold grief and loss, especially in Southern California where each year most of the worst brush fires are set by arsonists. If anything seems unnatural, arson would surely qualify; but then is the firefighters’ response to be considered natural? Perhaps self-preservation is natural, but self-destruction is unnatural. PhysOrg says that prevention of human-caused wildfires pays big dividends. Which action is natural, and which is not? According to evolutionists, human ancestors first learned to use fire 800,000 years ago, and some of our ancestors set wildfires for hunting or warfare. Such wildfires may have caused the extinction of other species. At what point did hominid activities cross an imaginary line between natural behavior and unnatural behavior?Global warming: One would have to be a Rip Van Winkle to miss all the talk about human-caused climate change. Every week we are hearing about current and future threats to the planet if global warming is not mitigated: for instance, National Geographic warns that 2010 may be the hottest on record; PhysOrg says global warming will cause more smog in Los Angeles; Science Daily says climate change is making marmots fatter; and another National Geographic article claims that global warming will increase Mexican immigration. The debate centers over what is natural climate change and what is unnatural—i.e., man-caused. Nature announced on June 4 that not all of a glacier’s wane may be human-caused, but may be due to “natural climate variability.” But if man is a part of nature, such distinctions are academic.Natural disasters: TV programs about natural disasters always grab attention. Every year the news fills our homes with images of tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and other tragedies. PhysOrg discussed ways a scientist at Tel Aviv University is seeking to avoid the train wrecks caused by such events. “Thousands of people around the world have died in train wrecks caused by natural disasters,” the article began; “In 2004, the tsunami in Southeast Asia derailed a Sri Lankan train, killing 1,700 people.” That event pales in comparison to the 230,000 people who perished in the Haiti earthquake last January. We call them natural disasters, but something in us cries out that things should not be this way; they seem somehow unnatural. Unnatural in this sense might refer to events falling outside an expected or usual range. We can’t blame humans for these events, except to the point where they failed to plan ahead, such as building a house on the sand instead of on a rock. The death toll in Haiti might have been far less if people had not built unreinforced houses on slopes; but it would not have been zero. And if a large meteor from space were to land on Manhattan, no amount of prevention would avoid monumental loss of life from that kind of “natural” disaster. As long as one avoids natural disasters, spending time in “nature” is good for human health, announced PhysOrg. A doctor in Finland said that most people “feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know that there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature.” But if humans are part of nature, aren’t they out in nature all the time? He was thinking of forests and green settings, obviously, in contrast to being stuck in a cubicle or traffic jam. But it might be healthier to be in a high-rise building than a forest when a natural disaster like a wildfire, lightning storm or flash flood strikes. We often hear about man’s devastation of the Amazon rain forests. But “nature” can pack a lot of devastation on its own. This month, Nature News talked about a “once-in-a century drought” that struck the Amazon in 2005, reducing rainfall by 60-75% in some areas. But that same year, according to Live Science, a storm ripped through the rain forest, toppling half a billion trees without the help of human chainsaws. In some hard-hit areas, 80% of the trees were killed by the storm.These and other examples show that defining natural is complex and problematic. Yet the word is important in origins debates. Evolutionists, whether atheistic or theistic, often demand that science restrict its explanations to natural phenomena subject to natural laws. Yet by using their human reason and intellect, they are, in a sense, acting “outside” nature by casting judgment on what nature entails and how it is to be understood. Explanation by its very “nature” is not a natural phenomenon subject to natural laws. And why is it that human beings are the only intelligent creatures on the planet thinking about these questions? It shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, that this article began with a headline, “Is our world natural?” Sean Carroll, a Caltech cosmologist, asked that question of the whole universe (see 05/11/2006).Materialists can’t have it both ways. They cannot argue that only particles and natural laws exist, then turn around and blame humans for global warming, pollution, war, acid rain, extinction, or anything else. Nature is what nature does. If humans are a part of nature, whatever they do is only natural. It’s doubtful that even Richard Dawkins could stomach calling his worst political nightmare, whatever he would pick (creationism? religion? Margaret Thatcher?) “natural.” It’s also doubtful he would want the arguments in his books discounted as mere particles responding to natural laws. The only perspective that permits natural/unnatural distinctions is the Judeo-Christian world view. Sin is unnatural, because God is holy. Death and disasters are unnatural, because God created a perfect world that was cursed because of sin. Human beings stand between the natural and the supernatural by having the image of God implanted in their nonphysical souls. These foundations allow for politics, economics, criminal law, and all the institutions that engage us, including science. Materialists need to be challenged when they blindly refer to nature, natural, or unnatural. They also need to be challenged when they disparage the “super”-natural. “Super” is a prefix that means above. But it doesn’t matter if something is above (super-), below (sub-), beyond (epi-), around (peri-), opposed (anti-), or not (non-, un-). If it is outside the natural box, it is unnatural or super-natural by definition. Naturalism wants to subsume everything in its definition of the universe. If a naturalist wants to categorize anything as unnatural, whether creationism, pseudoscience, or conservative politics, he unmasks himself as a supernaturalist in spite of himself. Christians may want to refer to a document at this site to learn how to unmask pseudo-naturalism, entitled, Naturalism and Supernaturalism: A False Dichotomy. In addition to exploring the many meanings of natural, it exposes the impossibility of pure materialism. If no one can avoid being a supernaturalist (and the materialist must be one to engage in argumentation using symbolic language, reason and logic), it changes the nature of the debate on origins.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Singapore Airlines is a big winner in the annual AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards taking out Best Long Haul Airlines Asia/Pacific, Best Economy Class and being rated 3rd in the rating agency’s Top Ten.AirlineRatings.com the world’s only safety and product rating website promotes excellence and innovation in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards.Best Long Haul AirlineThere is little surprise that Singapore Airlines has won Best Long Haul Airline for Asia/Pacific as the airline has been at the forefront of long-haul flying for decades.It was the launch customer for the Boeing 747-400 which started non-stop flights from Singapore to London in the early 1990s and it also operated A340-500s on the ultra-long-range non-stop routes from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles.The airline also pioneered seat back videos for economy passengers and has been relentless in its innovations for all cabin classes.Recently the airline unveiled a new business class along with premium economy.This year Singapore Airlines started taking delivery of a large fleet of revolutionary Airbus A350s and it will soon receive the Boeing 787-10.Best EconomyThe airline has always been a leader in the economy class product going back to the 1960s, when as Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, it introduced free headsets and free drinks to economy passengers.And the innovation has never stopped with the airline continually upgrading its in-flight entertainment system which has always been an industry leader.Read Geoffrey Thomas’s review of Singapore Airlines service hereWorld RankingTo be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.AirlineRatings.com developed its unique seven-star rating system after two years of evaluation and consultation with the industry’s governing body the International Civil Aviation Organization.For the yearly ranking the editors of AirlineRatings.com, some of the most experienced and awarded, combine four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings to arrive at a ranking.According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief the editorial team is “looking for leadership, airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.”This year Singapore Airlines is ranked 3rd.
World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.
Bright sunshine welcomed the Indian tennis contingent at the All England Club where the Olympic hopefuls enjoyed a work out.”Don’t be fooled by this sunshine — this is London. By evening it can again become miserable,” said Mahesh Bhupathi after a long training session.Speaking to Mail Today, Bhupathi, playing in his fourth Olympics, said it was a good workout and he was looking forward to playing with Rohan Bopanna.With tennis selection having made headlines for almost a month in India, the superstars are now busy working the rust off their game. “The atmosphere at the All England Club is so special,” Bhupathi said.Usually, most players stay near Wimbledon during the fortnight-long Grand Slam every year. However, the tennis players are now soaking in the atmosphere at the Games Village.”It’s a sprawling complex and one cannot really feel that over 10,000 athletes have been housed here. The variety of food is very good and it’s nice to see top stars from other sporting disciplines also mingling with everyone,” added Bhupathi.However, he said that closer to the Games, he would move near Wimbledon. “The distance from Stratford to Wimbledon is a lot and I will stay near the tennis facility,” Bhupathi informed.Sania Mirza’s family has also rented an apartment near Wimbledon, though she is currently staying in the Games Village.Meanwhile, wild card Somdev Devvarman, who has been away from competitive tennis for over eight months, said he is looking forward to the challenge at the Olympics.advertisementThe Davis Cup hero is not surprised he has been given a wild card. “I was expecting it,” said Som, as he is popularly known in tennis circles.Reflecting on his shoulder injury, Somdev said, “This is the first time I had such an injury. I had to undergo a major surgery and after rehab I am now fine.”A lot of people have questioned whether Somdev deserved the wild card as he has been away from competitive tennis for so long. India’s number one singles player’s answer to this criticism is simple: “I have been playing tennis for so many years now. I really don’t feel I have been away from the sport.”Reflecting on the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, Somdev said: “After that effort, I was at my peak and played some of the top pros in tennis. I broke into the top-100 and I am sure I will again do well in singles on the ATP Tour.”A big fan of NBA in the United States, Somdev said he is looking forward to meeting some of the basketball giants, as well as sprinter Usain Bolt.
San Francisco: Known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed in his latest research note that Apple may be gearing up to introduce its all-new iPhones design in 2020.Kuo’s note includes his prediction of the biggest selling points for the 2020 iPhone line-up. He lists three key improvements: “All-new form factor design, 5G support, and camera function upgrades,” 9to5Mac reported on Friday.As per the report, Kuo expects these changes with next year’s iPhones would improve YoY growth of the company. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearThe Cupertino-based company is also planning to incorporate Time of Flight (ToF) 3D sensing rear camera system in 2020 iPhone models.In addition, the iPhone maker would use Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in the cameras of the 2020 iPhones.VCSEL is a key component of Apple’s TrueDepth camera that also powers features like Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies.Apple is reportedly mulling to resurrect the cheaper iPhone SE for emerging markets, especially India and China, early next year.The new model would be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone since the launch of the iPhone SE in 2016, which started at $399.
Somewhere along the way, boxing fell down and has been unable to get back up—just like the old lady in the commercial. But when she called out for help, there was someone listening. Boxing’s call has gone unanswered for years now. And so, a sport that once was must-see action just lies there, unresponsive, virtually comatose.Every now and again, Floyd Mayweather will fight or Manny Pacquiao will knock out someone, and the sport feels resuscitated – for about an hour. Then it curls back into the fetal position.Where have all the champions gone? Surely someone could go down the prolonged list of acronym belt-holders and say, “There. There are the champions.” And you would not recognize most of them. There is no one to compare to Sugar Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran or Tommy Hearns or Marvin Hagler or Wilfredo Benitez or Aaron Pryor or Alexis Arguello or Julio Ceasar Chavez or Roy Jones Jr. or Pernell Whitaker or Oscar De La Hoya or Felix Trinidad or Hector Camacho.That’s a baker’s dozen worth of champions from the 1980s and 1990s who were of style and substance. They were reasons to watch the so-called “sweet science.” And that list did not even include heavyweights. It would not have been fair to go back to the golden ages of boxing, where legends Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, etc., were the kings of the ring.There was a time when the heavyweight champion of the world was an iconic figure, the symbolic “baddest man on the planet.” As off-center as he was, Mike Tyson was a boxing meter-mover, perhaps the biggest of all time when he was at his best. He did his work in the late 1980s and 1990s, when there was Evander Holyfield, ageless George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis, Michael Moorer all sharing the heavyweight crown (with a few flukes) over a decade.The point is, there was genuine interest and excitement in boxing. In most every weight class, there were fighters that were skilled and interesting, if not complex.Now the Klitschoko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, reign over the largest classification, with no challengers of merit. They are from the Ukraine and have the personalities of, well, Ukrainians.Worse for boxing, even if Mayweather and Pacquiao do come together and deliver an epic, where does that leave the sport? What would be the next highly anticipated fight? A rematch?The word is that promoter Bob Arum is holding up an agreement to put those two together. How silly is that? Why is a promoter needed in a fight that all boxing fans (and even the curious) are clamoring to see? But then, it’s boxing, meaning no need to be surprised at the ridiculous.Take a glance at the list of “champions” of the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and it reads like an international roll call. Beyond that, none of them generate so much as an inkling of interest.Perhaps there is one Great African-American Hope to pull us from these boxing doldrums. Middleweight champion Andre Ward, an Olympic gold medalist, has the goods. He’s skilled, humble, tough, smart and charismatic. And he gets it, more so than most.In an interview, he said, “You’ve got to use your brain. When you’re a thinking man’s fighter, sometimes people take that as if you’re a reluctant warrior. But my ultimate goal is to become a master of my sport, where I can control the other man effortlessly.”How can you not feel good about someone who thinks like that? But the problem persists: Who would be his opponent that would energize the masses? Can’t think of one – unless Leonard wants to come out of retirement at age 56.There was time when fathers and sons watched boxing together. It was sort of a rite of passage. Many fights came on free TV on Saturdays, on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. You could actually sit home with your family and see wonderful championship fights.Hardly is there a match worth watching now, much less worth the $59.95 pay-per-view price tag ($69.95 in HD). Many have turned to MMA (mixed martial arts), which is even more barbaric and Stone Age than boxing. That the brutal “sport” could even approach boxing speaks to how hard it has fallen.The top young athletes are eschewing the boxing gym for basketball or football. The fan base that fiends for a revival is discouraged. And the best fight out there cannot get made.Not sure how boxing can get off the mat. The referee is counting.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Related Items:fenton forguson, jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 17 (Jamaican Information Service): Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is calling on all Jamaicans to come together and designate a day to undertake community clean-up activities. He pointed out that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmit the Chikungunya virus, breeds in and around areas where people gather, so the school, home, church and business places should be a part of this clean-up.“I urge Parliamentarians to lead their constituents in this drive,” Dr. Ferguson said.Speaking in the House of Representatives, today (September 17), the Minister also called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to engage in constructive discussion about the Chikungunya virus.“I must caution persons to be careful with the discourse, as the misinformation being spread in some quarters is not in the best interest of the public and can only be detrimental to efforts to secure public health,” Dr. Ferguson said.He informed that as of September 16, there was seven affected parishes with the disease, as the Caribbean Public Health Agency has confirmed one case from St. Mary and three from Portland. The other parishes are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Ann and St. Thomas.The Minister noted that up to the week ending September 13, there were 524 notifications of which 251 were classified as suspected cases. He added that as of September 16, 31 cases were laboratory confirmed, with 26 being discharged due to negative results and 194 cases remain suspected.So far, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas seem to be the areas with the most cases, he added. Dr. Ferguson informed that he has visited Nutts River in Eastern St. Thomas as well as the Yallahs Primary School, where it was reported that a number of students and teachers were displaying flu like symptoms.“I expressed my sympathies and assured the leadership of the school that we will continue to work closely with them through the St. Thomas Health Department, which has visited the institution four times since August 25,” the Minister said. Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave