Jamaica to host WI Women, England ODIs

first_img West Indies Women and their English rivals met during the T20 World Cup in Dharamsala, when the Caribbean side missed out by one wicket in a last-ball thriller during the group stage. England Women’s head coach, Mark Robinson, said the recent T20 World Cup had been a stern reminder of the Caribbean side’s quality and noted his squad was preparing for a tough battle. “The five-match ODI series against the West Indies in Jamaica will be a great test for us,” Robinson said. “We all saw during the ICC Women’s World T20 what a talented side they are, and they will be especially dangerous in home conditions. It should be a really exciting tour and a challenge that we will relish.” The first two games have been scheduled for October 8 and 10 at the little-used Trelawny Stadium, which first hosted warm-up games for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but to date has never staged an international fixture. For the last three games, the teams will turn their attention to the historic Sabina Park in Kingston, where they play games on October 14, 16 and 19. West Indies Women are second in the ICC Women’s Championship on 20 points, four points adrift of Australia Women. England, in the meantime, are way off the pace lying sixth on 13 points. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Twenty20 World champions West Indies Women will turn their attention to the 50 overs format when they clash with England Women in a five-match one-day international (ODI) series this October in the Caribbean. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday confirm that the two sides would meet in a series from October 8-19, with the three final games designated with ICC Women’s Championship points. For West Indies Women, the tournament will be the first since winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India last month and WICB’s project officer for women’s cricket, Josina Luke, said the series is “great” for the women’s game regionally. “Winning the World T20 continues to be great for women’s cricket in the Caribbean,” Luke said. “We are taking nothing for granted and we look forward to an exciting series with England.” MISSED BY A WICKETlast_img read more

Ebola Survivor Giving Blood, Helping Others to Survive

first_imgA certified nurse who survived Ebolahas been helping to save the lives of others infected with the deadly virus.KpetemeniMeine wasdeclaredEbola free last monthafter surviving a one-month stay in the ELWA treatment center. He says he has already begun to give bloodand will continue to do soas long as his blood count is normal.“I want to give blood if my HP is sufficient. The contribution that (I benefited from) at the center didn’t involve my paying any money and I survived. Therefore, I would do it for free, and hope that it is used for the intended purpose, and that is to save lives,” said Kpetemeni.According to Kpetemeni, a doctor whose name he did not disclose,becameinfected with Ebola and was given 2 units ofKpetemeni’s blood.Kpetemeni has also been working under supervision at an isolation center for children who have come in contact with the virus.  He says he is volunteering his services to make sure these children get a chance to live.“I am immune to the virus and can do a lot towards this Ebola fight. I wrote various ETUs to see if I could work with them, and the government in return called to find out if I was willing to work with children at an isolation center. I agreed,” said Kpetemeni.He adds that for now, he is giving his services free and has no problem with that because he wants to contribute to society in thanksgiving to God and to society for saving his life.  “But, the government says it will compensate those of us working at the isolation center, and I am waiting for that,” he says.Meanwhile, Kpetemenisays he still remembers the frightful experience of ‘staring death in the face’ months ago. According to him, he was the only one to survivethe virus after nine of his medical colleagues all died while trapped in a Paynesville clinic.Kpetemeni recounted how he contracted the virus after caring for a patient that he didn’t know was infected at the Peace Home medical clinic.“I’m a professional nurse, and when my colleagues and I became infected at Peace, we called the government ambulance and they refused to come for us. Our doctor went to the Ministry of Health and gave them a letter informing them of our condition and they refused to come for us immediately.“On August 27, 2014, I was taken to ELWA treatment center and tested positive for the virus. But after five days of treatment I started to feel better; all the symptoms subsided.”Further describing his ordeal, Kpetemeni said, “when the doctors first told me that I was positive, I was down hearted and refused to talk to any of the doctors or answer my phone. We were 10 infected at Peace Home, and I was the only person who survived; most of them died in my presence. I knew that I would die also,” he said.Kpetemeni recalled that he lost all hope but after his second test was conducted and came back negative, he knew he had a chance.“The ELWA atmosphere was hell and all one could see were sick people in all kinds of conditions; not all had Ebola. “Some would contract Ebola in there because the space was congested and the living conditions there were not good. I thank God I made it, and want to see others make it, and I’m working towards helping them,” declared Kpetemeni.Meanwhile the Peace Home medical clinic said to have been functioning for 10 years has reportedly been closed.Kpetemeni can be reached at 0886479120.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Dr. Gwenigale’s Blood Pressure Is 197/90’

first_imgOne of Liberia’s renowned medical doctors has written and informed the Liberian Senate that the blood pressure of Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, is currently reading 197/90, and the Minister has been advised to avoid stressful situations.According to a medical report dated October 27, 2014 under the signature of Dr. Robert M. Kpoto of the Medlink Kassas Clinic in Monrovia, Minister Gwenigale is suffering from hypertension cardiovascular disease, which is associated with cardiac-related complications.According to Dr. Gwenigale’s medical report read before plenary yesterday, Dr. Kpoto wrote: “I have monitored Dr. Gwenigale’s blood pressure since October 16, 2014, which according to him sky-rocketed during his briefing at the Senate the previous day October 15, 2014.”Dr. Kpoto noted in his report that his colleague, Dr. Gwenigale is a known hypertensive since 1985 (29 years ago), but his pressure has been under control on medications until his recent encounter with the Senate. The pressure he said has since been unstable still ranging between high and normal, inspite of medications.“This morning, I checked him and his blood pressure is 197/90; his pulse is 88 per minute, but irregularly irregular.I have therefore, asked him to avoid stressful situations, continue his medications and take it easy at work.”Dr. Kpoto, concluding the medical report, wrote: “I will continue to monitor him until his pressure is stable, hopefully within the next 14 days; if his condition is not improved, then I will recommend a cardiologist’s assessment.”Dr. Kpoko’s report indicated that the embattled Minister is currently on prescribed medication.In a brief communication that accompanied the medical report, Dr. Gwenigale, who turns 80 next February (1935) wrote: “Attached,  please find a medical report that shows that my blood pressure is still elevated, and my appearance will make it even worse. I am kindly requesting that you allow me to appear when my health improves. I thank you for your understanding and cooperation…”Dr. Gwenigale was recently cited by the Senate to appear before the Senate with his lawyer to show reason why he should not be held in contempt after he accused members of the Senate Committee on Health of being in support of health workers’ strike action.Since then, his blood pressure has interfered with schedules to appear before members of the upper house.Following yesterday’s communication, retiring Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson proffered a motion that the letter be sent to the Health Committee, which is headed by Senator (Dr.) Peter Coleman, who is a medical doctor and a surgeon, to better advise the plenary. “Senator Coleman will advise us so as not to put Dr. Gwenigale in a precarious situation and will caution us as to whether we need to continue with this process, because at 197/90, Dr. Gwenigale shouldn’t be walking around.”The motion was passed despite the expressions of un-readiness by Senators who were suggesting amendments.Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson, before the final motion, warned his colleagues that the appearance of Dr. Gwenigale has become a political issue, and that there are attempts by the Executive to make the Liberian Senate look ridiculous. “In order to save our faces, I will suggest that instead of the Minister (Dr. Gwenigale) coming here, and since he says he is sick and can no longer make it, we just forget about him now and let him go on, because this is a delay tactic by Dr. Gwenigale and his boss…we’ve got many things to do for the Liberian people instead of wasting time behind somebody who is stubborn and arrogant.So please accept my amendments that the Liberian Senate drop all charges against Dr. Gwenigale and let him go and sin no more,” Senator Johnson recommended.       Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Officials urged to create enabling environment for Region 10 youths

first_imgOfficials were urged to create an enabling environment for youths across Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) during a consultation on Wednesday which shed light on numerous issues affecting youths across the region.The consultation with youths and residents was hosted by the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Youth, Culture and Sport, and was attended by Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael, and other representatives, including Alicia Pompey Rosine and trainer/mentor of the Youth Innovation Project, Diane Pompey.Carmichael, who listened to the concerns, noted that her department’s mandate is going to every region to ensure that programmes are reaching and impacting(Photo attached) Melissa Carmichael addressing youths, residents and officials on Wednesdayyoung people, as well as to ascertain their needs.She added that the consultation also aimed at incorporating necessary ideas as the department hosts National Youth Week from May 20 to 27.“We want to ensure that what we’re doing for National Youth Week is not only what we want to do, but rather what is necessary, what is needed by the young people whom we’re representing”, Carmichael said.As such, she opened the floor for youths to list their needs, and shared their concerns before she told them about the programmes that are being offered by the department.Regional Chairman Renis Morian, in his address to the gathering at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground, shared numerous concerns about the youths of the region and pleaded for assistance in creating an enabling environment.Morian said that there is a well-funded and organised negative cultural system in the region, which acts against the success of its young people.He said most are distracted young people who come from the background of little or no parental support. “They are most distracted by social issues of their homes. The young people are looking for love, identity, and they’re looking for someone that will embrace them without using them, and (help) them to find the way forward.“The system is motivated by 3 things: music, sex and alcohol…,” the Regional Chairman noted, while adding that a counter balancing environment, which is necessary, does not exist in the region.He urged leaders to stop making it “superficial,” and address the situation on the ground by creating an enabling environment for youths.Additionally, the Regional Chairman made calls for “concrete steps” to be taken in an effort to assist youths. “We got to hit this ‘head on’…Region 10 don’t have the environment, and when these young people leave school, there is no place that they can go and further develop themselves… Groups that are trying, the resources are thin to non- existent, they need resources…,” Morian stressed.Youths who were present were advised on upcoming initiatives, including the Guyana Youth Business Summit, where young people will have an opportunity to attend and earn the chance to win $1 million to fund a business.They were encouraged to submit proposals and models to receive the chance to receive funding to build on the idea submitted.last_img read more

Raiders’ safety Karl Joseph making up for lost time

first_img“Nothing’s changed,” Joseph said Wednesday as the Raiders began preparations in earnest to visit … ALAMEDA — Like everyone else, Karl Joseph was hoping to make a sudden impact in the NFL.Joseph, a first-round draft pick out of West Virginia in 2016, arrived with the reputation as a 5-foot-10, 205-pound enforcer. Compared to former Colts safety Bob Sanders, Joseph’s fearlessness and willingness to sacrifice his body for a quick strike was his calling card.Still is, as it turns out.last_img

Raiders mailbag: Plenty of skepticism even after rare road win vs. Indy

first_imgAnswering your mailbag questions heading in to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears in London:Would they be more inclined to add or upgrade talent if they were 1-3 or are they simply happy with the roster they have? — @MichaelG37xWe’re four games into the season. What you see is pretty much what you’re going to get. Anyone who comes available at this point is on the market for a reason. If they can cherry pick a talented player for minimal cost, by all means give it a shot. Otherwise, …last_img

Local ARV manufacture on the cards

first_imgArvir Technologies, a new antiretroviral manufacturer, has been granted commercial rights, and will explore various options, including the granting of licences to existing active pharmaceutical ingredient producers and the establishment of a new active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing facility in the country. “Ironically, now that the science has been done, the challenge is to find commercial partners willing to invest in manufacturing,” he said. “We look forward to interesting conversations with our government and other stakeholders in making the local production of ARVs a reality.” CSIR Biosciences executive director Gatsha Mazithulela pointed out that with the number of people in South Africa needing ARV treatment estimated to be approaching one million, the local manufacturing of such drugs was an imperative. The technology will enable the CSIR to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients at a fraction of the price of those imported from India, which currently dominates the global market with help from state subsidies. CSIR project leader Moira Bode said the research could stimulate the establishment of an industry for the local production of active pharmaceutical ingredients. New market player South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has stepped up its battle against HIV/Aids by developing a cost-effective method of producing two active pharmaceutical ingredients used in the manufacture of anti-retroviral drugs. Commercial partnerscenter_img The CSIR has filed a patent for its technology, which is expected to reduce production costs of thymidine, a valuable ingredient in the pharmaceutical preparation of AZT and stavudine, two generic drugs used in first- and second-line combination therapy treatment regimens. “The latter will manufacture AZT and other ARV products,” explained Arvir CEO David Walwyn. “We need to ensure that South Africa has an economically sustainable and well-secured supply of high-quality ARVs, [and] negotiations are presently under way with government.” SAinfo reporter “This will empower African governments to supply more people with the life-saving drugs,” Bode said in a statement this week. 2 December 2008 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Schools to benefit for Mandela Day

first_imgA new campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling former president Nelson Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the project is a call to government, business and civil society to get involved in transforming education in the country. (Image: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Louis Taylor   Department of Basic Education  +27 12 357 3364 RELATED ARTICLES • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • SA education project wins top award • Pens for needy children • Can drive raises R8.5m for education Wilma den HartighA new campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling former president Nelson Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated.The primary objective of the 94+ Schools Project for Madiba is to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children in at least 94 schools across South Africa, through improvements to school infrastructure.The initiative was launched by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation ahead of this year’s Mandela Day, celebrated every year on the former statesman’s birthday, on 18 July.Mandela Day was officially declared in 2009 by the UN as an annual international day in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The aim of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help make the world a better place.Changing livesAt the launch, basic education minister Angie Motshekga said that the new project will change the lives of thousands of pupils across the country.The department has identified 94 schools in all nine provinces in need of urgent infrastructure upgrades.The children and teachers in some of these schools get by with less than the basics. Children are taught in mud structures and don’t have any sport facilities, any sanitation or running water.“Former President Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday presents the DBE with a rare opportunity to do good with our school infrastructure,” Motshekga said.Basic education director-general Bobby Soobrayan said that with the project, the department wants to create an environment that is conducive to quality teaching, learning and improved performance in targeted schools.“Public-private partnerships are one of the most effective ways to meet infrastructure backlogs,” Soobrayan said.Motshekga said that Nelson Mandela forged invaluable partnerships with the private sector towards the building of schools, particularly in poor communities across South Africa – an initiative that the education sector can build on.Creative solutions to a big problemBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the project is a call to government, business and civil society to get involved in transforming education in the country.“We have to find new ways to build human capital in our country,” Matola said. “Our approach requires innovation and partnerships to deal with the challenges.”The new campaign is a creative response to the enormous infrastructure challenges that impact negatively on the quality of teaching and learning in many South African schools.To date, significant achievements have been recorded in the provision of infrastructure to schools across the country: 1 206 schools and 38 664 additional classrooms have been built; 5 214 schools were provided with water infrastructure; 10 621 sanitation projects were completed; 2 847 schools were provided with electrical infrastructure and 2 655 schools were provided with security fencing.Despite these achievements, there are still huge gaps in infrastructure provision such as a shortage of classrooms, laboratories and libraries; sanitation; replacement of mud, prefabricated and metal structures; inadequate maintenance leading to leaking roofs, broken windows and doors and sport facilities.The DBE estimates that R66.6-billion (US$8.4-billion) is required to elevate all ordinary schools to a level of optimal functionality and this amount excludes escalating costs. An additional R20-billion ($2.5-billion) is required for maintenance and repairs to existing infrastructure.All South Africans can make a differenceThe government has admitted that it cannot solve the problem alone, and appealed to all South Africans to lend a hand.Motshekga said that with current budget allocations, it would take the department 30 years to clear the current backlog in infrastructure and maintenance.Matola said that the initiative is much more than a corporate social investment project. “Our contribution to this project is leaving a legacy for our children.”Nurturing future innovatorsThe project also forms part of the government’s broader infrastructure roll-out plan to provide better living conditions for all. It will also contribute to South Africa’s skills development programme by providing skills training to unemployed young adults.CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Achmat Dangor, said that infrastructure is just the beginning. “After that we have to make sure that our young people become the innovators that South Africa and the world needs,” he said.last_img read more

Behind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to Space

first_img SharePrint RelatedTrack a Travel Bug in SpaceOctober 20, 2013In “Community”The First Geocaching First-to-Find in SpaceNovember 18, 2013In “Community”Geocaching in Space – Q&A with Astronaut Rick MastracchioFebruary 10, 2014In “Community” Guest Blog Post By Robert Cizaukas (Username: Cizzors)The students from Waterbury’s Chase Elementary School, the same school Astronaut Rick Mastracchio’s graduated from.This journey all began on August 29, 2013. I read a story in the Waterbury Republican American Newspaper titled, “Waterbury native to spend 6 months out of this world”. It was an interesting story about a Waterbury Public School graduate, Rick Mastracchio (Username: AstroRM) who had become an astronaut and was headed to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2013. I had never met Mr. Mastracchio, but had previously read about his accomplishments. Later that day, I was out geocaching with my brother-in-law, Tony Jannetty (Username: DavidPuddy) working on the 31 Days of Geocaching streak when the newspaper article about Mastracchio came up in conversation. We had previously talked at length about the ISS geocache and the Travel Bug® that had been there. Tony said that he had an idea that he thought I should pursue: If I could get Mastracchio to take a Travel Bug up to the ISS,  it could be an inspirational and educational opportunity for the children of Waterbury – a once in a life time experience with space travel and geography. We brainstormed what the program would look like and how we would find a way to contact Mastracchio to pitch the idea to him.Robert Cizauskas, aka Cizzors.I had a lot of interest. I was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut and graduated from the public school system. Waterbury is a city that faces many of the same problems that other urban areas around the United States experience, including in its public school system. As a City of Waterbury Police Officer, I have the opportunity to currently serve as the Lieutenant in charge of the Waterbury Police Activity League (PAL). Waterbury PAL is a nonprofit organization run by police officers designed to promote partnerships between law enforcement, the community and youth through educational, recreational and athletic activities. I have used geocaching as an interesting way to engage the at-risk youth that we service.To get in touch with Mastracchio, I began to doing online research and asked around. Through a co-worker that had gone to school with a relative of Mastracchio, I was able to get in contact with him. Mastracchio was interested in finding a new way to engage children in his mission and  began emailing me directly with questions about geocaching and Travel Bugs. Finally, Mastracchio informed me that he would take the Travel Bug with him to the ISS. Mastracchio was excited to use this Travel Bug as an educational tool and had many of his own ideas on how to make this project even more exciting for the children participating in the project. I had originally planned to work with Waterbury’s Chase Elementary School on this project because Mastracchio had graduated from this elementary school and I thought this could be a truly inspirational project for the children of that school to know that through hard work anything is possible. I activated the Travel Bug (TB5JJN1) and took it to the school for pictures with the kids. I explained the project to the children and teachers and, shortly after, sent the Travel Bug to Mastracchio.Mastracchio came up with an idea of adding 11 hitchhiker tags labeled “Exp 38” to represent Expedition 38, the mission that he was taking the Travel Bug® on. Mastracchio wanted to add 10 additional schools and give each school a hitchhiker from the Travel Bug® that had been to the ISS. I contacted additional schools about the project and visited classrooms to explain what we were planning. All of the schools quickly signed on to be part of this once in a lifetime experience.The Expedition 38 crew. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio is third from the left in the back row.To make this an interactive experience for the children involved, Mastracchio took pictures of the Travel Bug® along the way and posted them online for the students involved to see where the Travel Bug® had traveled and to engage them in classroom discussions about the locations and significance to space travel. Students have also been posting their own pictures and questions on the Travel Bug page. Mastracchio took the time to view the page and answer questions about NASA, Space Travel, and the ISS. Mastracchio is scheduled to launch from Russia on November 6, 2013 at approximately 11 pm ET, and I expect all of the excitement related to this project to continue for the entire six months that he is on the ISS.Geocaching has decided to award a souvenir to anyone that attends a Geocaching in Space event on November 6th or 7th. I setup the first of over 500 Geocaching in Space Events around the world in Waterbury (GC4PEVR). These events will be an excellent way to celebrate the launch of Mastracchio and the Travel Bug®. Mastracchio commented that all of the attention the expedition was getting  from geocachers is “incredible”.The International Space Station Travel Bug II (TB5JJN1), by the 5th Grade Class of Chase Elementary School-Waterbury, CTAn amazing and unexpected part of this project has been the notes that geocachers from around the world have posted to Mastracchio and the students on the Travel Bug® page. The students involved have been reading these posts regularly in their classrooms and have been learning about each country the geocachers are from. Many of the posts are in languages other than English, which is offering additional learning opportunities for the students as they decipher what is posted. The teachers and students have embraced this project, making cards, posters and pictures that we have posted to the Travel Bug® page for everyone to see.From the very beginning, Tony and I envisioned that this project would be an educational opportunity for one urban school of children to learn that, through hard work and dedication, anything can be accomplished, like Mastracchio has proven. Mastracchio will use the Travel Bug® to teach the students about what he does, so it might inspire some young person to strive for something he or she never expected they might be capable of. This Travel Bug® project continues to exceed our expectations as more and more countries from around the world become involved. I am very thankful to Mastracchio, Geocaching HQ, Tony, the Waterbury Public School System, and geocachers around the world for supporting this educational effort. Everyone involved is elated in anticipation of this Travel Bug® launching to the ISS, and are extremely excited to see this epic geocaching adventure unfold.See you on the trails……Cizzors.Get Involved!Follow Rick Mastracchio on TwitterAttend a Geocaching in Space Event (Events vary between November 6 and November 7 depending on your global location)Leave a message of support for Rick Mastracchio and to the students in Connecticut on the Travel Bug page – and read messages between the two.  Want to know more? Check out the Geocaching in Space FAQ and  Geocaching into Space Event Center.Any other questions or comments? Ask away in the comments below!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Maharashtra releases Koyna water to crisis-hit Karnataka

first_imgPune: The Maharashtra government on Sunday released water from the Koyna dam in Satara district to alleviate the water crisis in Karnataka. Around 0.5 TMC water will be released over a 10-day period, authorities have said. Water level in the Kaveri river basin has plummeted due to the soaring temperature.This is the second such discharge from the Koyna reservoir to Karnataka. Last month, 2.5 TMC water was released from the reservoir following a high-level meeting between officials of the neighbouring States.This cumulative discharge of 3 TMC follows a direct appeal on part of Karnataka Water Resources Minister M. B. Patil to provide relief to Belagavi, Bagalkot and Vijaypura districts. In return, Karnataka will release water from the Almatti dam to cater to the needs of Solapur district and others parts in Maharashtra facing water shortage.Late last month, Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan had said nine of the 12 dams in Karnataka barely had 20% of their water stock. “The available live storage in the reservoirs has touched an all-time low,” Mr. Mahajan had said, adding that he had ordered the discharge from Koyna dam to bring immediate relief to farmers in Karnataka.With a storage capacity of 105 TMC, the Koyna reservoir is one of the largest dams in the State. It houses the massive Koyna hydropower generation plant.Three consecutive years of drought have aggravated the agrarian crisis in Karnataka, especially in the north.last_img read more