Q&A with Chelsea Stubbs
Hello Chelsea, so what did you receive?
I received a set of medical textbooks and study materials from Mr Carl Simmons of Cargo Express Services Ltd/Tropical Shipping TCI. Since moving on to the clinical years of my training, I have come to realise the importance of building a strong grasp of the principles underpinning diseases and these books support my studies.
Why did you receive the gift; what inspired Mr. Simmons to support you in this way?
The commitment to sponsor books for me was actually gifted at my 2019 A Level graduation ceremony at the British West Indies Collegiate. When Mr Simmons came up to speak after hearing about the challenges I had during my studies and how I overcame them, I suppose he was very moved by it.
Medical textbooks are classically very expensive (a single good textbook can easily cost $130), and he pledged to pay for the books that I would need for my studies. It turned out that for the first two years of medical school I did not require textbooks, but upon entering my third year there was a very clear need. And surely enough three years later they have indeed kept their promise.
Describe the books and how does this donation help?
I asked for a range of textbooks as recommended by doctors and medics further along in their training. These include reference textbooks, such as “Kumar’s Pathologic Basis of Disease”, and the classic “Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine”, which will be incredibly useful for making sure I have the foundations of clinical practice. In fact, I’ve been using these books quite extensively since the day I received them!
I also got textbooks for mastery of quite isolated areas of medicine such as interpreting imaging. For this I got Herring’s “Learning Radiology” textbook and for consolidating knowledge I got Dr Xiu’s “1000 SBAs for Medical Finals” and “Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology Flashcards”… among other books. They are already proving to be incredibly useful to my studies.
What are you studying and where?
I am studying the six-year Medicine (MBBS) degree at Imperial College, London. It is a very academically challenging environment as one of the top three medical schools in the world (according to Time Higher Education). We are taught by some world-renowned physicians and researchers who are experts in their field, so it’s no surprise that they expect a lot from their students as well. I just want to have the resources to become the best physician I can be and make the most of the learning opportunities presented to me. I’m so grateful for the books.
More about Chelsea
I’m in my third year, otherwise known as my first clinical year. We are rotating through hospital specialities for the academic year and are now learning how to diagnose and manage conditions.
In my first year I placed second overall for my cohort, also receiving first in one of my modules. For the combined pre-clinical years I was awarded a Distinction in Medical Sciences.
Outside of my studies I lead an educational series for the largest academic society at Imperial (MedEd), Chair the Lifestyle Medicine Society, give lectures to younger students, and play volleyball.
I have also continued my flute-playing with the medical school’s Jazz Band. We have an upcoming concert this Christmas.
Vessels sink with 900 barrels of fuel in Trinidad
By Shanieka Smith
#Trinidad, December 2, 2022 – The Ministry of Energy and Energy Resources in Trinidad reported on Wednesday that a ship carrying 900 barrels of diesel fuel had sunk in the Gulf of Paria. The six crew members on board were rescued and received medical assessment.
The statement revealed that the barge owned by Trinity Liftboat Services Limited was trying to demobilise Trinity Heritage Petroleum Company’s North Field when it capsized.
After receiving an SOS from a vessel in their North Field, Heritage sent out a response team. An investigation into the incident has started, however, the main focus is to redeem the barge without making any oil spills.
The owners of the sunken vessel said “there are no injuries recorded. (The vessel) now sits on the seafloor no longer posing a risk to any of Heritage Petroleum’s platforms or installations.” They said the captain made a good decision to abandon the ship so that the crew members could be rescued and transported back to base.
Digital coin created for Caribbean’s Dominica as island partners with Huobi
By Shanieka Smith
December 2, 2022 – The Commonwealth of Dominica has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, to issue its own national cryptocurrencies, Dominica Coin (DMC), and Digital Identity Documents (DID), already reports indicate a surge for the Huobi token.
This new collaboration with Dominica will bring the Caribbean one step closer to being a global cryptocurrency exchange centre. Huobi also announced its intention to move headquarters from Seychelles to the Caribbean.
It was explained, “The deal is noteworthy partly because of its connections to crypto billionaire Justin Sun, founder of the Tron blockchain where the Caribbean island’s new token will initially reside.”
Dominica Coin (DMC) and digital identity documents (DID) will be issued by Huobi Prime via the TRON network (a project dedicated to building the infrastructure for a truly decentralized Internet); both will serve as credentials for the future metaverse platform based in Dominica. DIDs can be used for cryptocurrency Know Your Customer verification, applying for loans, and opening bank accounts on the island.
The DMC is not yet ready for launch, but The HT token is up 15% over the last 24 hours to $7.12. It’s up 40% over the past seven days.
As one of the first Caribbean islands to adopt the citizenship-by-investment policy, the Dominican government is seeking to delve into the metaverse and Web3 technology as a means to boost the country’s development.
Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose
By Dana Malcolm
December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.
Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.
“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.
Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.
“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.
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