Spencer signs PUMA deal

first_imgPUMA today announced it has signed an endorsement deal with Jamaican hurdler Kaliese Spencer. The 28 year-old 400m hurdles standout will join PUMA’s roster of athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Kaliese joins the Global Sport brand’s growing female portfolio that includes 2015 US NCAA 100m Champion, Jenna Prandini and Australian sprint hurdler, Michelle Jenneke. Kaliese has been at the top of the game for years, with an impressive and lengthy list of personal achievements. Her 400m hurdles career highlights include gold at the World Junior Championships in 2006 and fourth place at the 2012 Olympics Games in London six years later. As the fastest performer in the world coming out of 2014, Spencer is only getting started; and will push for gold this summer. Talking about the signing, Kaliese Spencer said, “I have known PUMA for many years throughout their partnership with the JAAA, I like them and their people; they are great support to have around, more like a family really! I am excited to be a part of PUMA as it increases its focus on women, and I hope that involving female athletes in the campaign will inspire young girls to hit the track. I look forward to doing great things with my new PUMA family.” Pascal Rolling, Head of Sports Marketing, Running at PUMA added, “Kaliese is another great addition to PUMA as she embodies the brand’s distinctive attitude, especially through her determination to succeed. She has been competing internationally for 10 years now and is at the top of her game. This combined with her likeable nature and personality make her a perfect fit for PUMA.”last_img read more

Damian Lillard torches Clippers with 39 in Trail Blazers win

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES— Damian Lillard scored 22 of his 39 points in a dominant third quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 131-127 on Monday night.Lillard hit five of his six 3-pointers in the third when the Blazers outscored the Clippers 42-28. Portland was 10 of 20 from 3-point range in the game.ADVERTISEMENT C.J. McCollum added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20.Tobias Harris matched Lillard with a career-high 39 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 for the Clippers, who have lost four in a row for the first time this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLos Angeles trailed by 15 in the first quarter but erased the deficit in the second when the Clippers took their first lead, only to fall behind by 15 again in the third.Lillard’s fifth 3 left the Clippers down 95-80. Portland made seven 3s in the period and stretched its lead to 18 points early in the fourth. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum James Harden’s 47-point eruption lift Rockets past Jazz The Clippers chipped away and got to 125-123 after Harris hit three of four free throws. McCollum’s jumper kept Portland ahead 127-123.Danilo Gallinari, who finished with 22 points, missed a 3-pointer, but after a scramble got the ball back and made the same shot to leave the Clippers trailing 127-126. McCollum got fouled and made both to keep the Trail Blazers ahead by three.The Clippers were forced to foul Lillard, who hit both free throws to seal the win.Gilgeous-Alexander’s 3-pointer in the final seconds missed.The Trail Blazers set the tone in the opening quarter when they began the game on a 33-18 run while shooting 80 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Terry Stotts recorded his 289th victory and is two from tying Rick Adelman for second on the team’s all-time coaching wins list. … The Blazers have won five of their last six against the Clippers.Clippers: Montrezl Harrell committed a flagrant-2 foul in the fourth and was ejected. … Los Angeles fell to 7-2 against West opponents at home. … Tyronn Lue, fired as Cavaliers coach in October, was a visitor. He was a Clippers assistant in 2013-14. … G Lou Williams (sore left hamstring) and F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) could return within the next week. Williams has missed four straight games, while Mbah a Moute has been out for 26 in a row.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host Memphis on Wednesday.Clippers: Host Dallas on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Public Health Ministry adopts new drug in fight to eliminate filaria

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry is set to add a third medication to two pills which are currently used in Mass Drug Administration (MDA) in the fight against Lymphatic Filariasis (LF).Ivermectin is an oral medication which paralyses or kills the microfilariae gradually. This medication is used to treat certain parasitic worm infections in the human body. Also, it can be regarded as a more effective treatment regimen for sterilising the adult worm in the lymphatic system which later on in life causes Filaria. The other pills currently prescribed are Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and albendazole.According to Dr Fabu Moses-Stuart, the National Coordinator for the Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID) attached to the Public Health Ministry, this intervention will come on stream in 2019. The introduction of Ivermectin will be preceded by anThe Mass Drug Administration exerciseaccessibility study where Vector Control Services will oversee a random house-to-house survey in which people will be asked their views on the new pill.“Ivermectin, in combination (with DEC and albendazole), has been proven to present superior parasite killing effects on microfilariae which includes sterilisation of the adult worm for longer periods of up to two years with one single treatment,” Moses-Stuart is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.She added that the addition of this third pill to the prevention regimen for filaria “shortens the course needed for MDA from five years to only two years if done correctly”. This new pill has little to no side effects in an individual and significantly reduces the heavy worm burden present in the body.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 1987, the manufacturer of Ivermectin – Merck & Co, Inc – declared that it would donate it free of charge for as long as needed. This unprecedented donation is administered through the Mectizan Donation Programme, which works with Ministries of Health and other partners to distribute the drug.At the launch of the MDA against filaria, the NID National Coordinator indicated that the Public Health Ministry has actually adopted three new interventions within the last year, intensifying efforts in the fight against filaria.This, she said, was backed by strong scientific evidence and supported by empirical evidence from countries within and outside of this Caribbean region. The other two interventions, along with the use of Ivermectin, are the remapping of the other six regions not yet targeted for MDA and lymphatic drainage and limb reduction.last_img read more

Former CEO Johnson acted “recklessly” – Board

first_imgGPHC procurement probe… after tampered tendering led to drug shortageA probe conducted by the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) into the nearly $632 million emergency drug procurement expenditure earlier this year has found that former GPHC Chief Executive Officer (ag) Allan Johnson had acted recklessly when he signed off on the contracts for emergency supplies without going to tender. “The Board was shocked and disappointed to learn that GPHC had breached the (procurement) laws,” a statement from the hospital said on Friday. Following weeks of criticisms from stakeholders, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence had in March ordered the GPHC Board to investigate the circumstances surrounding the award of a $605 million contract to ANSA McAL to procure emergency drugs and supplies for the GPHC. The investigation ordered sought to determine if/how the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) had been involved in the process; how the shortlisted companies were evaluated; and whether all the drugs had been supplied by ANSA McAL on time, among other issues. It was reported earlier this year that the emergency contract was awarded to the Trinidad-based company after the hospital had found itself facing “critical drug shortage”, a situation that was created as a result of, among other reasons, a GPHC Finance Department staffer tampering with tender documents. “GPHC authorities cited reasons for the shortage, including the underestimation and late quantification of drugs; the annulment of a tender because a GPHC Finance Department employee had tampered with a tender document; and the failure of some local suppliers to honour their 2016 contracts,” the statement on Friday said.In light of the shortage, several emergency meetings were held. On February 3, Minister Lawrence met with then CEO and senior staff of the Finance and Pharmacy Departments of GPHC, during which she instructed them to immediately devise a plan of action to alleviate the drug shortage as quickly as possible. To this end, the hospital staff reported to the Board that the minister requested that the hospital take into consideration Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) emergency mechanism to supply pharmaceuticals, and also check with Materials Management Unit (MMU) of the Public Health Ministry to ascertain whether they had any of the required drugs in stock before a determination could be made about which drugs the hospital would need to procure from suppliers.At a subsequent meeting that day, the Public Health Minister reportedly listened to a plan of action developed and presented by the GPHC Finance Director, which included determining availability of drugs from PAHO, MMU and local suppliers; obtaining quotations from suppliers; sending an evaluation report to the National Procurement and Tender Administration (NPTAB) for approval, then followed by the award of tender. However, it was found during the probe that the GPHC did not follow its stated plan of action. “The Procurement Act provides that any contract beyond the sum of $15 million must go through NPTAB, which then forwards it to Cabinet for review and approval. Former Acting Chief Executive Officer of GPHC, Mr Allan Johnson, wrote NPTAB seeking approval for the contracts after GPHC had begun to receive pharmaceuticals from the suppliers,” the Board said.Moreover, none of the information received by the Board during the investigation revealed that Minister Lawrence had ever given instruction to GPHC officials to bypass any procurement procedures or laws. “The Board believes that the senior staff of the Finance Department had an ethical and professional duty to properly advise Mr Johnson, since this matter was within their realm of expertise. Mr Johnson had been known to trust and depend on his officers to do the right thing, and it is regrettable that they failed him in this instance. However, ultimately, the power was within Mr Johnson’s judgment and signature, and he acted recklessly”, the Board said.The Board also said that it was unacceptable that when it held its first meeting, on February 22, after being installed, the now former CEO had failed to disclose this serious matter to the members.The decision for the GPHC Board to probe the emergency drug procurement at the medical institution was heavily criticised by General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had stated that the board could not impartially investigate the matter. He noted that such a probe should have been undertaken by the Auditor General’s Office or by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). One week later, Chair of the PPC, Carol Corbin, announced that the Commission was probing the procurement of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies, specifically done by the GPHC. That probe is still ongoing, and the Board, management and staff of GPHC have said they have been fully cooperating with the Commission in its investigation.“We wish to defer to the report of the PPC in relation to this matter, since that body has the remit and required expertise to conduct a thorough investigation. Further, the PPC has wider jurisdiction to interview all parties involved,” the Board said on Friday.last_img read more

JOBS BOOST AS DONEGAL COMPANY ANNOUNCE CREATION OF FIFTEEN NEW POSITIONS

first_imgHomecare Provider Bluebird Care has announced the creation of 15 new jobs across Donegal. The positions will come on stream immediately with the company seeking to fill vacancies for Care Workers & Nurses.Managing Director of Bluebird Care, Marty Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We currently employ 140 people across the county. “The creation of a further 15 positions will help us fill the increased demand for our home care services.A report by the Carer’s Association suggests that in order to manage the current carer to patient population ratios, Ireland will need an additional 44,289 carers by 2021.“We have an exceptional team who are committed to delivering first-class care. In the current economic climate we are delighted to be able to create these news jobs.“We are seeking carers in the following areas Ballyshannon / Bundoran, Annagry, Derrybeg, Bunbeg, Cresslough and Letterkenny. “We are also seeking RGN’s & Pediatric Nurses for Letterkenny & Dungloe’ Says Marty.Bluebird Care with offices in Letterkenny, has been operating in Donegal for the past five years and is Q Mark certified for the highest standards in quality care.Their team provides care for people of all ages and all abilities in their own homes and in the community.If you are interested in working with Bluebird Care please send a completed application form available to download from www.bluebirdcare.ie recruitment and send with a current CV and cover letter to donegal@bluebirdcare.ie or call us on 074 91 29562. JOBS BOOST AS DONEGAL COMPANY ANNOUNCE CREATION OF FIFTEEN NEW POSITIONS was last modified: December 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bluebird CareBusinessFeaturesjobs boostnewslast_img read more

NCS soccer: Cherms nets golden goal, Arcata girls down Eureka in OT to advance to section title match

first_imgBailey Cherms delivered a stunning golden goal which drifted just over the Loggers’ goal-keeper’s head from just a foot or two outside the penalty box, giving Arcata a 2-1 overtime win over Eureka in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section Division-I playoffs, Wednesday night at Eureka High.With the game-winning goal Cherms, who was sidelined last season due to a knee injury, sends Arcata to the section title round where it will host No. 5 Middletown on Saturday.“It was just an amazing …last_img

SA second for budget transparency

first_img13 February 2009 Twenty-five countries surveyed provided little or no budget information. These included Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, the Kyrgyz Republic, China, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. “The worst performers tend to be low-income countries that often depend heavily on revenues from foreign aid or oil and gas exports, and that have weak democratic institutions or are governed by autocratic regimes,” Idasa said. A low score on the Open Budget Index suggested that decisions about public spending were made behind closed doors, which excluded meaningful participation by citizens, Wildeman said, adding that governments that restricted access to budget information could be hiding unpopular, wasteful and corrupt spending. Only the United Kingdom gained a higher score, with 88 points, while France also scored 87. “Providing the public with comprehensive and timely information on the government’s budget and financial activities empowers people and allows them to judge how their government is managing public funds,” Wildeman said in Pretoria this week. “It also creates opportunities for citizens to participate in decision-making, which can strengthen oversight and improve policy choices.” South Africa has been placed second only to the UK on the Open Budget Index, an international measure of public spending transparency. The survey is directed by the International Budget Partnership, based in Washington DC, and is conducted by independent civil society organisations in the participating countries. The Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa) is the index’s partner in South Africa. Access to information The least transparent countries were mostly located in the Middle East and North Africa, with an average score of 24, and in sub-Saharan Africa, with an average score of 25. Source: BuaNews According to Idasa, the index is a comprehensive survey of 85 countries that evaluates whether governments give the public access to sufficient, reliable budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process and hold their governments accountable. Only five countries of the 85 surveyed – France, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the US – make extensive information publicly available, as required by generally accepted good public financial management practices. The International Budget Partnership described the state of budget transparency around the world as “deplorable”, with the average score for the survey being 39 out of 100 – an indication that, on average, countries surveyed provided minimal information on their central government’s budget and financial activities. Good financial management Idasa economic governance programme head Russell Wildeman explained that transparency in budget decision-making meant that citizens had access to information about how much revenue was being collected and how it was allocated to different types of spending. South Africa scored 87 out of a possible 100 points on the Open Budget Index, which is based on responses to a set of survey questions and assess eight key budget documents that international good practice requires all governments to publish.last_img read more

[WATCH] Nike celebrates SA’s golden girl, Caster Semenya in cutting-edge ad

first_img“Too fast? Too bad. I was born to do this.” This is the message gold medallist Caster Semenya conveys in her latest ad.This year has been nothing short of amazing for the South African 800m runner, who has just wrapped up another phenomenal season. She reached an 800m personal best of 1:54.25 in the Paris Diamond League that took place in June this year, followed by another seven Diamond League wins, and her most recent wins at the IAAF Continental Cup, claiming the 800m title and the silver medal in the 400m, where she set a new South African record of 49.62.On Monday, Semenya trended on social media yet again, this time after posting a powerful Nike commercial she features in. In the ad, she utters the words: “Would it be simpler if I stopped winning? Would you be more comfortable if I was less proud?”The ad responds to on-going criticism directed to Semenya around her hyperandrogenism and the recent IAAF ruling of the female category in track and field that states: “women racing distances between 400m and the mile must adhere to a new upper limit for testosterone of five nanomoles per litre.”Nike has, in celebration of the 30th birthday of their ‘Just Do It’ pay offline, released a series of ads starring powerful athletes from around the world. The first ad features former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Other global sporting stars also included in the Kaepernick ad are Serena Williams and LeBron James.As the Nation Brand, we will continue to stand behind Caster. We applaud her for being an inspiration to the nation with every new stride and achievement.last_img read more

UCT professor wins science award

first_imgThe renowned palaeobiologist is regularly published in science journals, has written two academic books and is also a children’s book author.(Image: UCT Faculty of Science)MEDIA CONTACTS • Katherine WilsonCommunication, Development & Marketing Manager, UCT Faculty of Science+27(0)21 650 2574RELATED ARTICLES•A fun approach to science teaching• Early African fossils found • Remarkable South African women hailed • Footsteps into the past Aneshree NaidooUniversity of Cape Town’s Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, palaeobiologist Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, received the World Academy of Science (TWAS) sub-Saharan Africa regional prize for the Public Understanding and Popularisation of Science.Chinusamy-Turan was one of five researchers who won the TWAS award: she shared honours with scientists from Argentina, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Egypt at a ceremony at the African Academy of Science (AAS) international scientist gathering in Nairobi in November. The AAS hosts the TWAS regional office for sub-Saharan Africa.Speaking at the event, AAS executive director Professor Berhanu Abegaz said the award was “proof that the region could produce world-class scientists in all fields of science and served as an inspiration to young African scientists”.In an interview with mediaclubsouthafrica.com, Chinusamy-Turan said she opted to study science as she’d always had an interest in maths and science at school. She says: “I went to university and registered in the faculty of science because I wanted to be a science teacher. In fact, after my honours degree in science, I actually did do a postgraduate diploma in teaching, but I think by then I also found that I really enjoyed science. So instead of going to teach at a school, I ended up registering for a master’s in science. The rest, as they say, is history!”Chinsamy-Turan is a UCT Fellow, a TWAS fellow, and a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. She is president of the Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering, and in 2005, was honoured as the Department of Science and Technology’s Distinguished Woman in Science.Women in science and engineeringAccording to its website, the “Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering is a dynamic association for all those who support the idea of strengthening the role of women in science and engineering in South Africa”.The organisation aims to:· Raise the profile of women scientists and engineers;· Highlight and address problems faced specifically by women in these fields;· Lobby for the advancement of women in science and engineering; and· Provide leadership and role models for young people wishing to enter the fields of science and engineering.Chinusamy-Turan has also served as an advisory board chair on Scifest Africa, Africa’s largest science festival, and is on the Cape Town Science Centre’s advisory board. She has also served as a director for the Iziko Museum’s Natural History Collections.She believes South Africa can produce more scientists if their research was made more accessible to the public and the scientific work being done was given more media coverage.“I honestly believe that scientists need more visibility among the public. I feel that learners often don’t think of science as a career because they don’t really know what scientists do. I therefore think that it is very important for scientists to communicate their research to the wider public and for the electronic and print media to showcase the good science that is being done in our country (and the world).”The palaeobiologist is regularly published in science journals, has written two academic books and is also a children’s book author. Her non-fiction book, Famous Dinosaurs of Africa, is about dinosaurs that roamed the continent millions of years ago. She also regularly gives talks to raise awareness on science.On who inspires her, Chinusamy-Turan says:” My parents. They always motivated me to do what I wanted to and to follow my dreams – even if it meant doing something like palaeontology – which they didn’t have a clue about!” She says she admires scientists such as Marie Curie (groundbreaking radioactivity researcher), and famous South African palaeoanthropologist,Phillip Tobias. She adds: “After my PhD I worked with palaeontologist, Peter Dodson, at the University of Pennsylvania, and I loved his passion and drive for science and research. Soon after my PhD, I was also most fortunate to meet Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, a polish palaeontologist who made a huge impression on me.”Chinusamy-Turan has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, a higher diploma in education from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (then Durban Westville), and has completed two years in post doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in the United States. In 2012 she shared her research on the “extraction of biological information from fossil bones” at the TWAS General Meeting in Tianjin, China.UCT alumniThe University of Cape Town has been placed third overall in a Times Higher Education ranking of universities in BRICS countries and other emerging economies cementing its position as a leading research institution on the African continent and among BRICS nations.The oldest university in South Africa, UCT was founded in 1829, and boasts world-renowned heart surgeon, Professor Christiaan Barnard, and three Nobel laureates: Sir Aaron Klug, Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and acclaimed author JM Coetzee among its alumni.last_img read more

I Just Want to Plant (A #Plant18 Parody Song)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When #Plant18 becomes #Blizzard18 and #Flood18 a song like this one is born. Enjoy as much as you can while you are stewing in the shop with your shiny tractors and calibrated planters. I just hope it gives you a little reason to smile. –Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Netlast_img