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Gambia: 'Gambia's Malaria Incidences Drop to 81 Percent'
[Daily Observer]The minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, and National Assembly Matters, has disclosed that malaria incidences in The Gambia have been reduced to 81% with admissions to hospitals also dropping to 71%. Speaking Monday at the National Assembly chambers in Banjul, Bala Garba Jahumpa, who was previously the Health and Social Welfare minister, also declared that malaria-related deaths have also dropped to 90%, crediting the gains to the Gambian leader's attachment to the wellbeing of the citizenry. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 4, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Media Is Key to Tackle Tobacco Use
[Foroyaa]The ministry of health and social welfare is working in partnership with the world lung foundation, an international organisation working in the area of tobacco control had a media briefing with the media practitioners on how and why it is important to advocate for tobacco control in the country. With this partnership, the foundation will be providing technical assistance to the Gambia for the implementation of articles 11 and 12 (media campaign and pictorial warning) of the framework convention on tobacco (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: FSQA Inaugurates Scientific Committee
[Daily Observer]The Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia (FSQA) recently inaugurated a Scientific Committee of the Food Safety and Quality Authority at a ceremony held at the NaNA conference hall in Bakau. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GRCS Volunteers Trained On Community-Based First Aid, Health
[Daily Observer]The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) on Thursday organized a six-day capacity building programme on Community Based First Aid and Health (CBFAH) for its volunteers from the Kaniffing Municipality and the West Coast Region, at the Sanyang Nature Camp. The aim of the training is to capacitise the volunteers from the two regions on divergent issues relating to basic first aid and health care. In his opening remarks, the secretary general of the Gambia Red Cross Society Bai Cham, said the overall goal of the CB (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CRR TAC Members, Local Authorities Sensitised On Polio Campaign
[Daily Observer]Crr -The Regional Health Directorate of the Central River Region (CRR) in collaboration with the Health Education and Promotion Unit in Banjul on Wednesday sensitised the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members and Local Authorities on the upcoming polio campaign, which is slated from the 25th to 28th October 2013. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: HIV/Aids Prevalence in Urr Has Significantly Reduce
[Daily Observer]Basse -The senior regional programme officer of the Gambia Family Planning Association for Upper River Region (URR) Yadi Nget has revealed that the prevalnce rate of HIV/AIDS in URR has significantly reduced. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Journalists Sensitised On HIV and Aids Terminologies
[Foroyaa]The UNAIDs Country Office in Banjul on Tuesday, 10 September, 2013 organised a day's sensitization on the HIV and AIDs terminologies for members of the Association of Health Journalists (AOHJ) at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA). Speaking on behalf of the UNAIDS Country Office, the Deputy Country Officer, Mr Lamin Camara, said this training came as a result of recommendations from previous trainings they organised for the health journalists. He said as health journalists, it is important that the messa (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Ministry Set to Commence D230 Million Health Expansion Project
[Daily Observer]The Mnistry of Health and Social Welfare is billed to start the D230M health facilities expansion project in the country after it officially handed over the project to contractors Wednesday in Banjul. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 13, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gamcotrap Sensitizes Media Practitioners On UN Resolution Banning FGM
[The Point]The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (Gamcotrap), in collaboration with Inter-Africa Committee on Traditional Practices, recently held a daylong media advocacy training with local journalists. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 13, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Baby Dumping Again
[The Point]The issue of baby dumping in the country, especially among young girls is, no doubt, a cause for concern, and a national problem. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 12, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Baby Found Dead Under the Rain
[Daily Observer]The inhabitants of Latrikunda Sabiji in the Kanifing Municipality were on Saturday shocked by the discovery of the body of a new-born baby, who was apparently dumped to die under heavy downpour by her mother. The Daily Observer was informed that the baby, wrapped in a black cloth, was first seen by a man who was passing at around 5pm when it was raining. But upon seeing the helpless baby under the rains, according to the eyewitnesses, it was already too late for any support as the child was already dead. T (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 10, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

MRC-LSHTM West African Global Health Research Fellowships
The Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia (‘the Unit’), and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (‘the LSHTM’) are seeking to appoint outstanding early career post-doctoral researchers to three new MRC-LSHTM West African Global Health Research Fellowships. Each Fellow will undertake an original research project in the West Africa region and the two institutions. The scheme is open to West African and EU nationals (see Notes) who are active clinical or non-clinical researchers with up to three years postdoctoral research experience at the application deadline ...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 6, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Gambia: 400 VSG Members Trained On Baby Friendly Community Initiative
[Daily Observer]At least 400 Village Support Group (VSG) members from 50 communities within West coast region have been recently trained on Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) concept. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 6, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: CRR TAC Members Sensitised On Rotavirus Vaccine
[Daily Observer]The Health Communication and Education Unit in collaboration with the Expanded Programme on Immunization and the Central River Region (CRR) Regional Health Directorate under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare recently sensitised the CRR Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members on the facts about Rotavirus Vaccine. In his opening remarks on behalf of the CRR governor, the deputy governor, Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara, highlighted the importance of health to national development, adding that the vacci (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 4, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambian women fleeing FGM threat
Gambian women fleeing female genital mutilation threat (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia: GBOs Gives to Fajikunda Health Centre
[Daily Observer]The Gambia Bureau of Statistic (GBoS) through the Lord Mayor of the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), Yankuba Colley, Thursday donated some valuable items to the Fajikunda Health Centre. The presentation ceremony was held at the KMC grounds in Kanifing. The donated items included uniforms for the nurses, mops, detergents, two gallons of paint, brushes, clock face and ceiling fans. Presenting the items, Sainey Jallow, a staff of GBoS, said his institution felt it necessary to provide support to the health c (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 28, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Ministry Committed to Health Care Service Delivery for All - As It Receives UNFPA Support
[Daily Observer]The minister of Health and Social Welfare has indicated that his Ministry is doing everything possible to making sure that every woman and child has access to health care service delivery, especially in maternal cases. Omar Sey made the remarks Tuesday while taking delivery of a double cabin pickup vehicle, laptops and accessories, contraceptive supplies and maternal life saving drugs, donated to his Ministry by the United Nations Fund for Population Affairs (UNFPA). The donation is part of the benefactor' (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 28, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: The Minister of Health Should Take Note
[Foroyaa]Foroyaa has been reliably informed that chains are still being used in private mental health facilities to restrain mentally ill patients. This is against all health norms and practices. It is true that some mentally ill persons at the psychotic states could suffer from hallucination and delusions that make them behave like wild animals or even become violent. They could display more strength than their normal body size because of delusions of grandeur that makes them to think and act like giants or lions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 23, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Taiwan Volunteer Medical Team in Gambia
[Daily Observer]A team of 40 medical volunteers from the Republic of China (Taiwan) recently arrived in The Gambia to provide medical treatment to the populace at no cost. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 22, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Combating Malaria
[The Point]Despite massive nationwide campaigns and distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide bed Nets (LLINs) to residents, malaria still remains a serious health problem in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 19, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Gambia's EPI Among the Best'
[Daily Observer]The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare and National Assembly Matters, has declared The Gambia's Expanded Programme on Immunisation as not only among the best, but also the most successful in Africa and the world at large. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 16, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 2013, Mother's Milk Is Naturist and Most Precious Gift to Mankind
[The Point]World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2013) is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocent Declaration made by (WHO) and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 14, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Training for Community Based Distributors Ends
[Daily Observer]The Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA) in partnership with United Nations Fund for Population Affairs (UNFPA) Friday concluded a three-day training programme for 130 Community Based Distributors at the Friendship Hostel at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 5, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Ministers, Cuban Diplomat Tour Medical Initiatives in Rural Gambia
[Daily Observer]A high-powered delegation led by the ministers of Health and Social Welfare, Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and the outgoing Cuban Ambassador to The Gambia, recently wrapped-up a three-day tour of provincial regions of the country where they assessed the Community-based Medical Programme (CBMP) currently running in some health facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 5, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: VP - Exclusive Breastfeeding Can Boost Mothers' Immune System
[Daily Observer]The vice president and minister of Women Affairs has spoken about the enormous importance of exclusive breastfeeding, saying the practice can boost mothers' immune system. She also noted that the practice further saves the mother the money, energy and time, delays new pregnancy and protect her from breast and ovarian cancers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Multi-Million Euro Project Seeks to Enhance Food Security, Reduce Poverty
[Daily Observer]A Millennium Development Goal 1c (MDG1C) Initiative Project, financed by the European Union through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the tune of Euro 7.6M is poised to improve food security through crop production intensification and school feeding programme, as well as reducing poverty in the selected intervention districts of The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gunjur Health Centre Receives Donation
[The Point]Gunjur natives in the Diaspora on 28 July 2013 donated health materials to Gunjur Health Centre, as part of their contribution towards the development of the health sector. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Stakeholders Convey High-Level Experts Meeting On HIV/Aids
[The Point]Stakeholders drawn mainly from the health and other relevant sectors recently gathered for a daylong a high-level experts dissemination workshop on HIV care and treatment at NaNA conference hall in Bakau. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: 'HIV1 Relatively Low in the Gambia'
[Daily Observer]The West Coast Region one (WCR1) health director has said that though the prevalence rate of HIV1 which stood at 1.6% in The Gambia is comparatively low, there should be no room for complacency. Alagie saine said the UNAIDS's latest report shows that since the beginning of the AIDs pandemic millions of individuals worldwide have been infected with HIV. By the end of 2012, the report added, more than 33 million were infected and closed to 3 million people have died of AIDS related illnesses. Saine made thes (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: The Scourge of Malaria
[The Point]Floods in and around the country these days are a clear indication that people should be prepared to fight against the killer-disease, Malaria, which becomes most prevalent during the rainy season. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Outgoing Unicef Rep Hails Gambia for Reduction in Infant Mortality
[Daily Observer]The outing country representative of the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) to The Gambia has praised the host government for what she called the "massive reduction in child mortality". (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 25, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Birth and Death Registry Boss Warns Against Age Reduction
[Daily Observer]The registrar of Births and Deaths at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Omar Ceesay, has warned the general public to avoid age reduction during the processing of their birth certificates. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 18, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Brikama Health Centre Boosted
[Daily Observer]The Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEP) Gambia has donated 200 baby wear to mothers at the Brikama major health centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 18, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: More Kombo Community Leaders Resolve FGM Is Harmful
[The Point]The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (Gamcotrap), with support from Save the Children International, continues to reach out to the District Authorities in the Kombos in the West Coast Region of The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 12, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Registers Success in Reduction of Maternal Mortality Rate
[Daily Observer]Basse -The Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia has stated that the country has registered success in the reduction of maternal mortality, and assured the leadership of his government's continued support to the health sector. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 12, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: West Africa Private Sector Urged to Partake in ARVS Production - As Waho Day Is Celebrated
[Daily Observer]Health experts have called for the local private sector in the West Africa sub-region to contribute in the production of Antiretroviral Drugs (ARVs) to increase access and avoid dependency. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Over 200 Mosquito Nets Distributed Among Women, Children in Bakau
[Daily Observer]Over 200-mosquito bed nets where on Monday distributed among the women and children of Bakau, at a ceremony held at the Bakau Health Centre in Fajara. The mosquito nets were a gift from Rose Mary Kazzer, a Swedish philanthropist, with support from Dr Hans Holgont. Rose Mary Kazzer first visited The Gambia in 2000 with the aim of providing education, health and other important things that will better the life of children of The Gambia. In 2001, she established a community nursery school at Bakau called Rose (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Fish Inspectors Hold Training On Good Hygiene Practices, Others
[Daily Observer]The Gambian fish inspectors and quality controllers on Wednesday began a four-day training on good hygiene and manufacturing practices on the nation's fisheries value chain, at the Fisheries department's conference room, in Banjul. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GBA, Peace Corps, 'Takecharge' Initiative Ends
[Daily Observer]The United States Peace Corps in collaboration with the Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) last weekend concluded a three-day voluntary HIV testing and a Senior Secondary School Basketball clinic dubbed "Takecharge initiative" at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CRR VDC Sensitised On Concept of Primary Health Care
[Daily Observer]Crr -The Regional Health Management Team in the Central River Region (CRR) recently sensitised the members of the Village Development Committee (VDC) on the concept of Primary Health Care (PHC). This sensitisation forum was held at the eight key PHC villages covering eight PHC circuits. The PHC villages which include Pachonki, Karantaba, Banni, Kayai, Kuntaur, Buduk, Njau, and Ballagharr, all in the CRR north. The programme was funded by UNICEF. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Two Gambian Ministries, WHO Banjul Office Win AfDB 'Health Award'
[Daily Observer]The Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education, Health and Social Welfare and the United Nations World Health Organisation country office, have jointly won the African Development Bank (AfDB) 'Health Award' for 2012. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 5, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UNAIDS to Close Operations in 15 Countries
[Daily Observer]UNAIDS has declared that it is closing operations in fifteen countries including The Gambia by September 2013 as a result of the global financial crisis. This was announced during a press briefing organised by The Gambia Network of AIDS Support Society (GAMNASS), one of the affiliated organisations in The Gambia, on Friday at the GAMNASS office in Kanifing. GAMNASS is an organization with the quest to provide the wider community with adequate and updated information regarding HIV/AIDS and gender related is (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: How Does the Gambia Government Explain the Trend in the Decline of International Assistance?
[Foroyaa]A Press release has been issued that a visiting delegation from the United Nations AIDS office based in Senegal has disclosed that the UNAIDS Country office in The Gambia will be closed down in September 2013. The Gambia is reported to be the only country in West Africa whose Country Office is being closed. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: UNAIDS to Stop Operations in the Gambia
[The Point]The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is winding-up operations in The Gambia as a result of financial constraints, officials have said. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 1, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Humans: the real threat to life on Earth
If population levels continue to rise at the current rate, our grandchildren will see the Earth plunged into an unprecedented environmental crisis, argues computational scientist Stephen Emmott in this extract from his book Ten BillionEarth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us. Our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. In fact, we are having a profound impact on it. Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face. And every one of these problems is accelerating as we continue to gr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 29, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Stephen Emmott Tags: Population Culture World news Books Extracts Features Climate change The Observer Environment Science Source Type: news

Gambia: Let's Say 'No!' to Teenage Pregnancy
[The Point]Teenage pregnancy is one of the socio-cultural practices still existing in the country with more girls at risk of the practice. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 25, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Teachers Allegedly Impregnate Three Students in URR
[Daily Observer]Urr -Reliable sources have told the Daily Observer that three teachers have been accused of impregnating three students (names withheld) in the Upper River Region (URR). (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 25, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: 13-Year-Old Student Needs Medical Assistance
[Daily Observer]Sanna Baldeh, a 13-year-old student of Pirang Basic Cycle School in Kombo East and a native of Pirang village is seeking medical assistance for a dyspnea treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UK High Commission Announces TB Test for Long Term Travelers
[Daily Observer]The British High Commission in Banjul on Thursday announced the arrangements for the introduction of pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening in The Gambia, starting on 1 July 2013, a press release from the diplomatic mission has disclosed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 18, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Chicken Legs Importation Ban
[Foroyaa]Following the recent announcement of the ban on the importation of chicken legs as contained in a press release issued by the office of the President on 6 June, Foroyaa assigned this reporter to interview the concerned parties on the reasons for this executive directive and its impact on traders and consumers. The first place to visit was the Serekunda market to talk to the vendors who sell chicken legs to see how this latest ban will affect them. According to Fatou Faal, chicken legs seller, the ban on th (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news