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Multiple Teeth Extractions: Is it Safe? (For dentures)

first_imgDr. Sharon Robinson, DDSThe Dental PlaceIn a word, YES.It is not unusual because of advanced gum disease that some people have to have multiple tooth extractions. Of course having multiple extractions are more complicated than just having one or two. However, if your dentist advises you need to have multiple extractions for the benefit of your oral and general health, then there should be no problem.Multiple teeth can be extracted in one visit when an immediate denture is needed.Your dentist will take certain factors into consideration. First, your medical condition is critically important. Secondly, your dental state; if most of these hopeless teeth are severely loose or just short retained roots, tissue trauma may not be significant.These cases may require shaping and smoothing of the bony ridge prior to the insertion of a denture. Post-operative care is very important. Your dentist will advise you how to proceed after the extractions. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if the instructions are followed carefully.Immediately following surgery:• Bite on the gauze pad placed over the surgical site for an hour. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded and replaced by another gauze pad.• If a denture is placed at the time of surgery, gauze pressure is placed on the denture to stop the bleeding. It takes longer to get the bleeding to stop than it would biting directly on the gauze.• Avoid vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.• To minimize any swelling, place ice packs on the sides of your face where surgery was performed.• Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you can so it is digested before the local anesthetic has worn off. Having something of substance in the stomach to coat the stomach will help minimize nausea from the pain medication.• Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable. If you are active, your heart will be beating harder and you can expect excessive bleeding and be throbbing from the wound.• NO SMOKING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.Post-operative consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon is imperative.Dr. Sharon Robinson, DDS may be reached at 954-792-1857 or visit her website at www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

Florida minimum wage increasing

first_imgFloridian employees who make minimum wage will receive a small increase in their paychecks as of January 1, 2018. The minimum wage for 2018 will increase by 15 cents to $8.25 per hour, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced on Friday, October 13. That’s up from $8.10 per hour this year.Tipped employees tooMinimum wage for tipped employees like restaurant waiters and waitresses is also increasing from $5.08 to $5.23 per hour.$15 minimum wage soughtThe increase will not be satisfactory as it will be only a very small step to workers across the state who are seeking a $15 per hour minimum rate being sought by Florida’s trade unions and other  workers’ rights groups. However, according to a recent survey conducted among state employers the introduction of a $15 per hour rate may not be feasible.Survey indicates businesses cannot cope The survey conducted last September by Carnegie Mellon University among 306 Florida business owners and managers found that many don’t think they can cope with an increase up to $15 an hour, even if the increase is implemented in phases.About 30 percent of business owners are concerned they would have to close their business with a $15 minimum wage, while 18 percent said it was “very likely” that they would close. Consumers, the survey found, should expect an increase in prices to help businesses afford the new rate. Roughly 60 percent of businesses said they would likely increase the price of their goods and services.Could spark high unemploymentThe survey also indicated that a $15 minimum wage could spark higher unemployment in Florida.  Almost 60 percent of business owners in the survey said they would likely have to reduce employees’ hours in order to meet the higher rate.Most Florida economist seem to agree that a $10 per hour minimum wage would be more feasible for state businesses.Compared to Florida’s 2018 minimum rate of $8.25 per hour the federal minimum rate is $7.25 per hour.last_img read more

Jamaica and Puerto Rico represent the Caribbean at Winter Olympics

first_imgCharles Flaherty will represent Puerto Rico in the alpine skiing category The Caribbean will be represented by only two nations at the Winter Olympic Games, so get ready to cheer as the opening ceremony gets underway from Pyeongchang, South Korea this Friday, Feb. 9th. Jamaica will compete in the bobsleigh and skeleton competitions while Puerto Rico will compete in Alpine skiing. Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree are the first Jamaican women to qualify for the bobsleigh competition at the Games.  Jamaica’s women’s bobsleigh team to compete at 2018 Winter OlympicsAnthony Watson is the first athlete to represent Jamaica in skeleton at the Winter Games. He received a late call-up to the competition after several countries declined places for the event. Jamaica’s contingent in South Korea will be completed by Chris Stokes, president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation; Leo Campbell, chef de mission; and Dudley Stokes, team captain. Jamaica’s sports minister, Olivia Grange, said she is confident of a podium finish for Jamaica. “I feel that the girls will make the podium,” was the minister’s optimistic assessment. Seventeen-year-old Charles Flaherty is representing Puerto Rico.  The Games run from February 9 to 25.last_img read more

Rowley admits to job losses, but insists T&T on road to…

first_imgPrime Minister Keith Rowley PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says despite the loss of thousands of jobs over the past three and half years, his administration has been able to keep the nation  out of the clutches of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and urged citizens never forget the atrocities of the previous government.In the second part of his “Mind Your Business” presentation on Monday night, Rowley told a television audience that “we did not use retrenchment in the public service” as a means of dealing with economic situation he inherited when he came to office in September 2015.He said unlike other Caribbean countries, notably, Barbados and Jamaica, that had sought assistance from the IMF, “We will take our own medicine and manage ourselves.”Defends closure of PETROTRINIn his presentation, Rowley defended the decision to shut down the loss-making oil refinery at the state-owned company, PETROTRIN, noting that while it meant the inevitable loss of thousands of jobs, thousands others however have found employment with the new companies formed to take on the role previously undertaken by PETROTRIN.He said four billion dollars in royalties were not paid just to allow the company to continue to stay in business, adding that was the only company in the country that was not paying taxes. He said the forecast for the company was two billion in losses every year going forward.“We restructured the company in 2018. The debt owed by PETROTRIN would be serviced by the Heritage Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of PETROTRIN, so it would relieve the Finance Minister of the burden of servicing PETROTRIN’s debt, which left more money for the minister to do other things in the country.”But Rowley said that while Trinidad and Tobago economy is based on the oil and gas sectors, there was need to diversify into other areas.In the way of diversification, Rowley said the new Phoenix Park will be used for manufacturing aluminum cables and make sheet aluminum as well as aluminum wheels for cars. He said the methanol plant will also be on stream. He said the drydock at La Brea will invite ships to come in for repairs.He also said he has approached the private sector with proposals to invest in agriculture in the over 1,000 acres of agriculture land that has been laid to waste in Aripo.“This is job creation. These areas of employment will generate jobs.”He reminded the nation that the previous coalition government led by Kamla Persad Bissessar had engaged in several policies resulting in a significant decline in revenue to the country.But he said three and a half years later, the statistics show the country is improving.last_img read more

CARICOM expands list of countries to be targeted for reparations

first_imgCARICOM Reparations CommitteeVice-Chair, Professor Verene Shepherd spoke of the findings from the 2018 expanded Slave Voyages Database KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Committee (CRC) says it has expanded the list of countries to be targeted for reparation and that it was in the process of preparing a new round of letters of demands to those countries identified as participants in the trafficking of enslaved Africans to the Caribbean.CRC Vice-Chair, Professor Verene Shepherd spoke of the findings from the 2018 expanded Slave Voyages Database created by Professor David Eltis and his team of researchers.1,000 additional slave voyagesThe official said that the database created in 1999 and updated in 2008 and 2018, has revealed 1,000 additional voyages undertaken by slavers from European states that were participants in one form or another in the trade in Africans to CARICOM member states and Cuba and or slavery.Among the less-publicized names are Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Norway Hanse Towns Brandenburg and the Duchy of Courland (Latvia).The Slave Voyages Database brings together the work of scholars over four decades and across five continents to track the movements of ships, their countries of origin and the numbers of people who were forcibly taken halfway across the world to the Caribbean.The City University of New York (CUNY) historian, Dr Ahmed Reid, introduced the latest 2018 finding at a news conference, highlighting details of over 36,000 voyages between Africa and the Americas, as well as information on 11,400 voyages between the countries of the Caribbean and the Americas.Colonial Kingston was major trans-shipment portIt identifies colonial Kingston, Jamaica as a major trans-shipment port in the 19th century in the trafficking of enslaved Africans mainly to the Spanish Caribbean and reinforces the fact that the trafficking was a global enterprise.12.5 million Africans captured and transportedReid, who is also Chair of the United Nations Working Group of Experts, during his presentation also identified the major players and their percentage participation in the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans, the total number of Africans that were captured and transported, and estimated at 12.5 million.He said that the mortality rate averaged 14 per cent.Included in the expanded database are the names of over 92,000 Africans who were actually trafficked, identifying them by sex but more shockingly by ages that ranged from infants as young as a year old to men as old as 77 being captured, sold and relocated far away from their homeland.Professor Shepherd said the names not only represent a digital memorial to the lives of the enslaved but personalizes the crime against humanity.Russia includedAccording to the new data Russia came in for special attention with the records showing an 1838 voyage by the vessel Goliubchick, flying the Russian flag departing the port of Odessa and landing in Matanzas, Cuba that same year with a cargo of 306 of the 340 Africans who started the voyage.But Aleksel Alexeevich Sazonov, head of the consular section of the Russian embassy in Jamaica rose to the defense of his country and in a statement, questioned the completeness of the research and suggested that a vessel flying a country’s flag did not necessarily imply that the vessel actually originated in that country.Professor Shepherd said that as the database becomes more widely known, countries implicated will be engaged in denial and cautioned against too quick a denial as the Slave Voyages Database is an active research project.She said the findings not only strengthens the case CARICOM is building against involved and complicit states, but also holds them accountable and making them aware of their responsibility in ways they would never before have confronted.The new findings also enhance the CARICOM Reparations Commission’s work in carrying out the mandate given to it in 2013 by CARICOM governments.last_img read more

Gayle to Feature in Everest League as Sri Lanka Series Beckons

first_imgLONDON, CMC – Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle has confirmed he will feature in the upcoming Everest Premier League starting next month, raising questions about his availability for West Indies tour of Sri Lanka.The fourth edition of the EPL runs from February 29 to March 14 in Nepal while West Indies face Sri Lanka from February 17 to March 6.Gayle, who turned 40 last September, has not represented West Indies in nearly six months and has not turned out in a Twenty20 International in almost a year.West Indies are set to defend their T20 World Cup title in Australia from October 19 to November 15.Gayle, who missed recent away series against Afghanistan and India, and the home series against Ireland earlier this month, has remained active on the T20 franchise circuit with outings in the Mzansi Premier League in South Africa and the Bangladesh Premier League.On Thursday he confirmed his participation in the EPL via Twitter, indicating he would be representing Pokhara Rhinos.“I will be visiting Nepal for the biggest sporting event, the Everest Premier League,” the Jamaican said in a video message.“Come and support my team Pokhara Rhinos and be part of a magnificent cricket fiesta.”Uncertainty has surrounded Gayle’s international career over the last year. After indicating the World Cup in England last July would have been his ODI swansong, he did an about turn and turned out during India’s tour of the Caribbean last August.And even though he played the last of his 103 Tests nearly six years ago, Gayle also hinted at making an appearance in the longest format.The new Cricket West Indies administration has been reaching out to previously exiled veteran stars like Gayle, with Kieron Pollard recently appointed white-ball captain and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo returning to international cricket earlier this month for the first time in four years.last_img read more

Puerto Rico to Remain on Lockdown Until May 3

first_imgPuerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez says the territory will remain on lockdown until May 3, in an effort to curb the number of COVID-19 cases.The announcement made by Vazquez, on the weekend, is one of the strictest measures taken in a jurisdiction of the United States.According to the Governor, non-essential businesses will remain closed and that people have to remain indoors from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (local time), only leaving to buy food, medicine or go to the bank.However, she lifted all license plate restrictions and said hardware stores and car repair shops can operate twice a week on limited schedules.Meanwhile, Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzales reminded the public to continue wearing face masks on entering any business place as the peak of cases is not expected until early next month.“We cannot lower our guard,” he said. “We have not seen the worst of it.”The lockdown was first implemented on March 15, and the extension announced Saturday is raising concerns about its impact on an island struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria and from a string of recent strong earthquakes amid a 13-year recession.Puerto Rico has reported more than 780 confirmed cases and at least 42 deaths, including that of a pediatrician and of a couple of people in their early 40s with no prior health conditions.More than 1,300 test results are pending, and nearly 900 police officers have been placed in isolation after being exposed to COVID-19.CMClast_img read more

Jamaican Jurist Becomes Second Non-US National to Head American Society of…

first_imgThe Society, which is devoted to the study of international law, is the oldest and largest body of its kind in the world. Robinson, 74, who is a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), will serve for the period 2020 to 2021. CMC Robinson, who became a member of the Society in 1972 and made an honorary member in 2011, is the second non-US citizen to be elected Honorary President of the Society and the second person of African descent to be elected to that post. In 2014, he was elected to serve as a judge in the International Court of Justice, becoming the first Jamaican and the second person in the Caribbean to do so. Membership of the Society, established in 1906, estimated at 4,000, stretches far and wide and is drawn from over 100 countries with 40 per cent coming from outside the United States.center_img Robinson, a former member of the International Law Commission, is also a former member and president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as well as a former member and president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; where he presided over the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prominent Jamaican born jurist, Justice Patrick Robinson, has been elected Honorary President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Justice Patrick Robinson is also the father of Julian Robinson, General Secretary of the People’s National Party and the Opposition Spokesperson on Science, Technology and Information. In addition to the many areas of its work fostering the study of international law, it is particularly well known for its quarterly publication of the American Journal of International Law, which is widely regarded as one of the best journals in the field of international law. Its publication, International Legal Materials, is also highly valued.last_img read more

The U.S. Economy Needs Additional Stimulus

first_imgStimulus packages can be aimed at increasing aggregate consumer demand through various measures taken to increase employment, consumer spending and investment. Attempts to control the spread of the yet unstoppable COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in the closure of most American businesses and have caused the jobs loss or loss of income of well over 33 million residents. But although most states, including Florida are gradually lifting COVID-19 restrictions, mostly while adopting safe guidelines, the momentum expected in the business sector is unlikely to materialize. Thirdly, the economic fallout from the pandemic is not pertinent to only America. Almost every other nation is experiencing an economic nightmare. This will result in a steep decline for American goods usually demanded by these countries, and a related steep decline in U.S. exports. Companies that rely heavily on selling to overseas markets will be particularly negatively affected.    For one, the majority of Americans are literally scared to resume normal routine like going out to dine at restaurants, shopping at malls, traveling on airplanes, taking sea cruises, occupying hotels, or any other of the former practices that were generating an economic boom. Secondly, the consumer demand needed to spark the necessary economic growth is absent. With over 33 million Americans not earning a steady income, there’s very little disposable income outside of paying for inescapable essentials like rent, mortgages, food and utilities. Without consumers having funds to generate revenue to the general business sector, any economic recovery is doubtful, at best. Since this demand has shrunken because of local and foreign factors related to the pandemic, if America’s leaders are serious about seeing an economic upturn in the third and fourth quarters this year, the only way this is going to happen is with another massive stimulus package to put the necessary cash in the pockets of consumers, including in the coffers of cities, counties, and states. Talk about an early recovery of the U.S. economy, with significant growth in the third and fourth quarter this year, is wishful thinking without another stimulus package approved by the U.S. Congress and signed by the president. If such a package isn’t implemented soon, providing more funds to residents, businesses and states, we risk experiencing a depression far worse than the great depression of the 1930s. The $2.2 trillion provided for businesses and residents in the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest in U.S. history, has been pretty much exhausted without any meaningful indication of positive impact on the economy. That’s because of the record unemployment rate and business closures.Although millions of Americans received the $1,200, and $500 for children, provided as an Economic Impact Payment under the CARES Act, a survey conducted by a Money/Morning Consult survey indicated 74 percent of recipients expected the payment to last less than a month. Forty-six percent said the payments would last less than two weeks. In other words, almost half the respondents don’t expect their checks to assist them beyond 14 days.There is the potential for business bankruptcies to rise sky-high if consumers do not have the purchasing power to support businesses, and in turn create reemployment and new employment opportunities.So, yes, another major federal stimulus package is needed urgently. The Economic Impact Payments in the CARES Act are a good start, but nowhere near enough to effectively stimulate this historically depressed economy.A stimulus package is an economic measure that originates in Keynesian economics which postulated a downturn or recession in an economy can be alleviated with increased government spending. Several stimulus packages have been applied by former U.S. governments, as recent as in 2009, to revive creeping or actual recessions. As the disease continues to infect Americans and claim lives at a staggering rate,  disputable attempts are being made to return the country to normal. The argument is that people need to earn a living and if everything remains shuttered, businesses will totally fail. Sadly, these necessities, it seems, overshadow the clear health risks. Since implementing stimulus packages is a massive cost to governments, residents and businesses should not consider them “free lunches.” There are none of those in America. There’s no doubt residents and businesses will eventually, likely in the short term, have to repay these packages in a combination of direct and indirect taxes. But, if the packages are sufficient to effectively jump-start consumer demand/spending, improve the health of businesses, and generate wide-scale employment and real economic growth, any increase in taxes would be unfair to oppose. No economy can survive without strong consumer demand and the ability of consumers, local and overseas, to spend heavily on the businesses that comprise that economy. Bipartisan members of the U.S. House and Senate are currently debating the composition of a possible fourth 2020 stimulus package. Cooperation in urgently finalizing a package that benefits American residents, businesses, and states is urged. It is clearly obvious without additional economic stimulus, this flagging U.S. economy will not rebound any time soon.last_img read more

Dele Alli Face FIFA Ban After Middle Finger Gesture

first_imgTottenham midfielder, Dele Alli risk facing disciplinary actions from UEFA following his middle finger gesture in England’s 2018 World Cup qualifier game against Slovakia at Wembley.TV footage caught Alli making the middle finger gesture in the direction of the referee, Clément Turpin in the 77th minute of the match just moments after the French official waved away Alli’s appeal for a free kick following Martin Skrtel’s challenge.The 21-year-old midfielder later apologised and debunked suggestions that his gesture was towards the referee but rather towards former Spurs teammate, Kyle Walker.“Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite,” he posted on his official twitter handle. If the referee includes the incident in his match report, Alli could face up to three match ban which will see him ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup qualifier and England’s first match at the 2018 World Cup. Relatedlast_img read more

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