Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Amid the worst crisis that hit the Philippine Basketball Association since it opened in 1975, Asia’s pioneering professional cage league takes the wraps off its 43rd Season on Sunday, with San Miguel Beer’s bid for a four-peat in the Philippine Cup lost in the din of all the controversies.Chito Narvasa sits as commissioner—but for how much longer?—for the third year when lavish opening rites usher in the new season at 4 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, before the Beermen get their bid rolling against Phoenix Petroleum at 6:15 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s no doubt about that, they are a loaded team,” Alas told the Inquirer over the phone, hours after prepping his Fuel Masters on Saturday, in describing the Beermen.“But if there’s a time to play them, this is it. It would be more difficult playing them later [in the conference] when they have jelled better and are in better physical shape.”Matthew Wright will be Alas’ top gun, but Phoenix will enter a new era in its PBA participation by becoming a defense-oriented team, the mentality of all of Alas’ teams in the past.And Alas acknowledges that the 6-foot-10 Fajardo will be his biggest problem—literally and figuratively.“There’s no one man in the league that can stop him one-on-one,” Alas conceded. “That’s why we have devised something for him and we just hope that it works.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals F2 finishes off Petron June Mar Fajardo also comes into the new season with the chance to extend his dominance and bag a fifth straight Most Valuable Player trophy, even as the Beermen play half of the year sans controversial new acquisition Christian Standhardinger.But even without the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German rookie, the Beermen still flaunt arguably the most balanced, firepower-packed roster in the conference, including another former MVP Arwind Santos and a slew of guards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLouie Alas returns as a head coach for the first time since handling Talk ‘N Text early in the previous decade, calling the shots for the Fuel Masters who underachieved in the last two seasons under Ariel Vanguardia.Alas will have his hands full right in his first game back, against the consensus team to beat—for the season and not just this tournament—on the opposite side of the floor. MOST READ Duterte’s drug war barely nicked surface of society’s menace – Robredo PLAY LIST 03:59Duterte’s drug war barely nicked surface of society’s menace – Robredo00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:14Carpio 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Standhardinger, the first overall Draft pick acquired by San Miguel from Kia, will join San Miguel in the middle of the Commissioner’s Cup at the earliest as he plays out his contract with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Just 17 years old, Clarisse is already a mother of two, who lives with her husband and his four other wives in rural southern Chad. Three years earlier, she had watched her mom and sisters preparing food for a party one day. At first she celebrated along with everyone else, not realising it was her own wedding ceremony. When she discovered this, she was frantic.“I tried to escape but [I] was caught. I found myself with a husband three times older than me… School was over, just like that. Ten months later, I found myself with a baby in my arms,” she says.Clarisse is one of millions of girls around the world, and especially in Africa, who are married off each year. Many of them become wives as early as eight years old, often to much older men.Globally, one in three girls from low and middle income countries is married before the age of 18, and one in nine by age 15. It is estimated that every year, over 15.1 million girls will become brides, if this trend continues.Of the 41 countries worldwide with a child marriage prevalence rate of 30 per cent or more, 30 countries are located in Africa. The practice is most severe in West Africa, where two women out of five are married before age 18; and one woman out of six is married by the time she turns 15.Several social, cultural, religious and traditional beliefs and norms are known to fuel the continuation of child marriage in Africa.In addition, the economic dimension is a driving force of the practice. To many families living in poverty, child marriage is a source of income and therefore an economic survival strategy.The impact of child marriageRegardless of the contributing factors and justifications cited for the practice, child marriage has a severe and harmful impact on our girls, and on society at large. It compromises the girl child’s health, education and opportunities to realise her potential.Many ‘child wives’ are exposed to repeated pregnancies and childbirth before they are physically and psychologically ready.In Sudan, Awatif, now 24, was married off at age 14 while still in school. Against her will, she dropped out of school in the fifth grade and immediately became pregnant. “I went through days of obstructed labour at home; it was painful and I thought I would die. My family took me to the hospital for assistance. I survived but my son didn’t and I contracted obstetric fistula,” she says. As a consequence, her husband abandoned and divorced her.UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin says that “no society can afford the lost opportunity, waste of talent or personal exploitation that child marriage causes.” Child marriage can be challengedChild marriage is a human rights and public health issue, which cannot be left unchallenged. First and foremost, it is a violation of human rights instruments, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. It is therefore an obligation of policy makers on the continent to protect the rights of the girl child that their governments have committed themselves to uphold. This includes putting an end to child marriage.If the practice of child marriage is to be halted, action is needed at all levels to change harmful social norms and to empower girls. Specifically, governments, civil society, community leaders and families that are serious about ending child marriage should consider promulgating, enforcing and building community support for laws on the minimum age of marriage.Ending child marriage would not only help protect girls’ rights but would go a long way towards reducing the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy. Zero tolerance of child marriage should be our goal. Enacting laws that ban child marriage is a good first step – but unless laws are enforced and communities support these laws, there will be little impact.Great efforts yielding promising results are being undertaken across the continent to challenge the status quo of this harmful practice. We have witnessed good practices such as the Schools of Husbands in Niger and the Adolescent Girls Initiatives in many African countries.In Mozambique, the initiative known as ‘Girls’ Forum’ has provided a platform for girls to improve their decision-making powers; to increase their sense of empowerment; and to build their understanding regarding questions of marriage and sexual and reproductive health.Education is not only the key to unlocking girls’ potential; but it also contributes to girls delaying marriage across the continent. Studies have established that girls with low levels of education are more likely to be married early, while those with secondary education are up to six times less likely to marry as children.Compulsory education for all, especially girls, is therefore a key intervention for policy makers to put into practice.The African Union and the End Child Marriage campaignThe continent has witnessed renewed political commitment to addressing the problem of child marriage by African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. “We must do away with child marriage,” she says. “Girls who end up as brides at a tender age are coerced into having children while they are children themselves.” This commitment is being taken into practice through the launch of a new campaign to end child marriage in Africa.The overall aims of the campaign are to (i) end child marriage by supporting policy and action in the protection and promotion of human rights, (ii) mobilize continental awareness of child marriage, (iii) remove barriers to and bottlenecks in law enforcement, (iv) determine the socio-economic impact of child marriage, and (v) increase the capacity of non-state actors to undertake evidence-based policy dialogue and advocacy.Joining force to commit to girls’ achieving their potentialUNFPA believes the AU campaign to end child marriage represents a turning point in the fight to end child marriage in Africa. It is time that we no longer tolerate children becoming brides. The time has come to commit to ensuring our girls are able to achieve their full potential.The African continent has tolerated child marriage for too long, based on a host of ill-conceived justifications and arguments. But our young girls, who have borne the brunt of this detrimental practice to date, cannot wait to see it banished forever. Child marriage should not be allowed to continue. Not one day longer. About the authors: Julitta Onabanjo is UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. Benoit Kalasa is UNFPA Regional Director for West and Central Africa. Mohamed Abdel-Ahad is UNFPA Regional Director for North Africa and Arab States.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The case against six Lindeners accused of trafficking in narcotics was dismissed by Magistrate Clive Nurse, when they made an appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Trevon Elcock, 30, a Labourer of Lot 134 One Mile, Wismar, Neville Bustianni, 39, of Lot 656 Block 22, Wismar; Ronald Reid, 35, of Constabulary Compound, Mackenzie, Shemrick Peters, 24, of One Mile, Wismar, Wesley Hercules, 54, of Lot 119 Wismar Housing Scheme, and Willita Bess were all slapped with the charge to which they had been granted bail after pleading not guilty.It was alleged that they had 58 grammes of cannabis sativa in their possession at Wismar Housing Scheme on Saturday December 5, 2015. It was further alleged that the six accused were observed smoking while playing dominoes by Police on patrol in the said area.However, after perusing the evidence against them, Magistrate Clive Nurse ruled that the case be dismissed due to insufficient evidence.
0Shares0000Borussia’s Thorgan Hazard kicks the ball to score during their match against Bayern Munich in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on November 25, 2017 © DPA/AFP / Marius BeckerBerlin, Germany, Nov 25 – Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat since Jupp Heynckes returned as head coach when they fell to a 2-1 loss at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, while Borussia Dortmund blew a four-goal lead to draw the Ruhr derby with Schalke.Before losing at Gladbach, Bayern had won all nine games since Heynckes, 72, took over for his fourth stint at the club in October in the wake of Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal. It was an unhappy return for Heynckes to Moenchengladbach, where he spent most of his playing career and where his family home is. Gladbach had an early setback when Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer was stretchered off following a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Jannik Vestergaard.A first-half penalty converted by Thorgan Hazard, after a Niklas Suele handball, put Gladbach ahead.They went into the break 2-0 up at Borussia Park when Lars Stindl’s pass was converted by Matthias Ginter to the delight of the home fans.Heynckes responded by bringing on Austrian midfielder Marco Friedl, 19, for his Bundesliga debut, winger Kingsley Coman and adding an extra striker alongside Robert Lewandowski in Kwasi Okyere Wriedt.Bayern managed to pull a goal back when Chile international Arturo Vidal fired in a long-range shot on 74 minutes which Yann Sommer got a glove to, but couldn’t prevent from rolling into the net.With time almost up, late replacement striker Josip Drmic fired wide as Gladbach held on for the win.It is only Bayern’s second league defeat this season, having also lost 2-0 at Hoffenheim in September, but they still hold a three-point lead at the top of the table.Gladbach move up to fourth, level on 24 points with third-placed Schalke, who came from four-goals down to draw at ten-man Dortmund as a dramatic Ruhr derby finished 4-4.– Dortmund collapse in derby –Schalke’s Naldo (2ndL) heads the ball to score despite of Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller (R) during their match in Dortmund, western Germany, on November 25, 2017 © AFP / NORBERT SCHMIDTCentre-back Naldo completed Schalke’s stunning four-goal fightback with a 94th-minute header.The hosts were shell-shocked as Dortmund had raced into a 4-0 lead with 25 minutes gone after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring.An own goal by Schalke midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, a Mario Goetze header and a Raphael Guerreiro volley followed to give Dortmund a commanding lead.However, after Guido Burgstaller and Amine Harit clawed goals back for Schalke, the hosts had Aubameyang sent off in the 72nd minute for a second yellow card.Borussia’s collapse was completed when Daniel Caligiuri blasted home to make it 4-3 late on before Naldo’s late header delighted the travelling fans and stunned the hosts.Dortmund coach Peter Bosz is under increasing pressure as his fifth-placed side are now winless in their last six league games dating back to late September.“It’s hard, you only feel disappointment,” said the Dutchman, clearly stunned by his team’s collapse.“When you lead 4-0, that shouldn’t have happened.“After the red card, we didn’t play any more football, lost the ball too quickly and didn’t use our room, but I don’t want to look for excuses.”Leipzig´s Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior (Up) celebrates scoring the second goal with teammates Naby Deco Keita (L) and Kevin Kampl during their against Werder Bremen in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 25, 2017 © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELElswehere, RB Leipzig remained second after their 2-0 win at home to second-from-bottom Werder Bremen with goals from Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita and Brazilian defender Bernardo.Bayer Leverkusen moved up to sixth with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt with Germany forward Kevin Volland scoring the winner.Michael Gregoritsch and Alfred Finnbogason scored for mid-table Augsburg as they came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over ten-man Wolfsburg, who had Maximilian Arnold sent off after only 11 minutes.That was Wolfsburg’s first defeat under new coach Martin Schmidt since losing to Stuttgart in September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“There was no other personal objective,” he said. “Thanks be to God, we have defeated that conspiracy. It is my commitment to the entire nation of Pakistan and to its people and to the world that the elections on Jan. 8 will be held on time and will be absolutely fair and transparent … The democratic process has been put back again on the rails.” Ending the emergency and restoring the constitution eased a crackdown that has enraged opponents and worried Western supporters. Still, Musharraf’s leading opponents, former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, warned of mass protests if they think the vote has been rigged in favor of Musharraf supporters. “The electioneering has not started yet, but some parties are talking of rigging,” Musharraf said. “They should refrain from such accusations. People should take part in the electioneering, cast their vote but should not indulge in any negative activity.” He said foreign election monitors were welcome to monitor the process. New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the U.S. and Britain to pressure Musharraf “to insist on a genuine return to constitutional rule and the restoration of the judiciary.” “Musharraf’s so-called return to constitutional rule provides legal cover to laws that muzzle the media and lawyers and gives the army a license to abuse,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Human Rights Watch’s South Asia researcher. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he spoke with Musharraf by phone today. “Concrete measures should include increased transparency of the electoral process, prevention of local government abuse, a nonpartisan election commission, release of remaining political detainees and the lifting of all restrictions on the media,” Brown said. Liaquat Baloch, a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami – Pakistan’s largest Islamic party, which is boycotting the election – called Musharraf’s move a “fraud.” “Musharraf had two targets – getting through the illegal process of his election and purging the judiciary of independent-minded judges – and he achieved both targets,” Baloch said. The president on Friday removed a condition from the constitution stating that civil servants – including army officers – had to wait two years after their retirement before running for elected office, Attorney General Malik Mohammed Qayyum told The Associated Press. Musharraf stepped down as army chief only last month. Removing the provision in question eliminated one of the grounds on which his October re-election had been challenged. Qayyum said other changes sealed the retirement of purged Supreme Court judges. Their replacements swiftly approved Musharraf’s re-election by a Parliament stacked with his supporters. The government also outlawed live coverage of incidents of violence and anything considered defamatory of the president, armed forces and state organs. It made independent networks, which have mushroomed under Musharraf’s rule, sign a “code of conduct” so they could broadcast again. Such decisions “shall not be called into question by or before any court,” said a clause in the order lifting the state of emergency. Musharraf said the emergency helped halt the spread of Islamic militancy from Pakistan’s troubled tribal areas into the “settled districts” of North West Frontier Province, particularly in the Swat valley, a former tourism destination, he said. “That has been stopped,” Musharraf said, praising a large military offensive in the area. “I want to say with pride that in Swat, the back of terrorism and extremism has been broken.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Against my will, as a last resort, I had to impose the emergency in order to save Pakistan,” Musharraf said. “I cannot tell how much pain the nation and I suffered due to this conspiracy.” The response was muted from the White House, which has walked a fine line between criticizing the democratic backsliding by Musharraf and supporting a key ally against Islamic militancy. “It’s a good step for the Pakistani people,” said Jeanie Mamo, a spokeswoman for President Bush. Musharraf has previously said he imposed the state of emergency to halt a conspiracy by top judges to end his eight-year rule, and to ward off political chaos that would hobble Pakistan’s efforts against Islamic extremism. He has also insisted that the Supreme Court, which had been poised to rule on the legality of his October re-election, was acting beyond the constitution. He said today that the state of emergency had been critical to maintaining stability. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – President Pervez Musharraf lifted a six-week-old state of emergency today, telling a skeptical nation the crackdown was to save Pakistan from a conspiracy rather than ensure his own political survival. But Musharraf also made clear he would keep a tight lid on dissent, entrenching limits he imposed under the emergency including strict curbs on press freedom and the replacement of independent-minded judges with jurists friendlier to the U.S.-backed leader. Opponents have said the changes set the stage for national elections next month to be rigged, and have threatened to hold mass demonstrations. Musharraf said in a nationally televised speech that the emergency helped slow the spread of Islamic militancy but the country still faces a “grave situation” with the approach of Jan. 8 parliamentary elections that will determine who will form the next government. He said unnamed conspirators had hatched a plot with members of the judiciary to derail the country’s transition to democracy, and he warned political parties to avoid stirring up trouble.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In clay target shooting sports, no tryouts are required and nobody sits on the bench. Girls shoot alongside boys. “We have everyone from the No. 1 senior academic student down to kids who are struggling academically. We have some of the top athletes down to those with no athletic ability. I have kids that weigh 80 pounds and kids that weigh almost 300 pounds,” says Brad Harker, shooting coach at Chippewa High in Doylestown, Ohio. In the second year of Chippewa’s shooting program, Harker has 78 students. “It is the largest club, and that includes all the varsity sports, clubs, bands and everything else,” he says. The Scholastic Clay Target Program was introduced six years ago by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade group, partnering with national skeet, trap and sporting clay associations. Ninth to 12th graders compete in the program’s senior division; sixth through eighth graders in the junior division; and fifth graders and below in the rookie division. The first time Mara Desso picked up a shotgun, at age 12, she amazed her father by breaking 21 out of 25 clay targets. A junior at Valencia High School, Mara has since honed her skills through a scholastic shooting program. At 16, she is one of the top female shooters in her age group in the country. Shooting clay targets with a shotgun is a growing sport at high schools and elementary schools across the country. More than 7,000 students from fifth through 12th grade now take part in trap, skeet and sporting clay activities and competitions in 35 states. And unlike more traditional high school sports, everyone who comes out to shoot makes the team. In Tennessee, more than 1,500 students at 100 high schools and middle schools take part in clay target sports, with some offering letters just like in football, basketball and soccer. To benefit from that growth, the state’s four major universities have started their own shooting teams. Coaches and instructors say they have overcome many parents’ and administrators’ concerns about mixing guns and school by emphasizing the sport’s discipline and safety. Safety classes are sometimes held on school grounds, but no guns are brought on school property. All clay-target shooting practices and events take place at nearby trap and skeet facilities. Before shouldering a shotgun, every student must complete a comprehensive firearms safety course, says Lance Rider, shooting coach at McKenzie High School in McKenzie, Tenn. Parents “find our kids are held to a much higher standard than in any other sport they participate in,” Rider says. “We have a zero tolerance on safety violations because we have no second chances.” McKenzie High, a pioneer in shooting sports, has gained national attention for its all-girl championship shooting team. In fact, the Scholastic Clay Target Program reports strong growth among girls: The number of girls ages 12 to 17 taking part in shotgun sports has grown 56 percent over the last five years, says Steve Wagner, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Shooting sports provide an activity for many students who aren’t able to play other school sports, says Gail Miller, a shooting coach at Wood Creek High School in Roseville, Calif. “These high schools have all gotten big and they have budget issues,” he says. “If you look at their sports, the majority of their kids don’t get to participate. There are a lot of kids with nothing to do.” Miller says the program in California started five years ago with five kids and now has 600. “You don’t have to have big muscles, run fast or jump high” to compete in shooting sports, adds Karen Dolan, a state program director and shooting instructor for the program in Rochester, N.Y. Coaches say the discipline required by shooting sports, however, builds students’ confidence quickly, and improves their focus and concentration, which carries over to the classroom. Students in Chippewa High School’s program pay $25 to take part, and there are loaner guns provided for those who don’t have a shotgun. “We tell the kids not to rush out and buy a shotgun until their skills are developed,” Harker says. “As instructors, most of us have several shotguns so we are emptying our gun cabinets out for these kids.” High school shooters compete for scholarships offered by some 30 universities, says Chad Wittenburg, an official with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which has provided grants for high school shooting sports since 2004. Scott Powell’s daughter, Heather, is a senior honor student in the trap-shooting program at Chippewa High. She has decided to attend the University of Montana, her father says, in part because the honors dorms have secure gun rooms, and the university offers shooting sports and Olympic training programs. Like other champions coming out of the Scholastic Clay Target Program, California’s Mara Desso aspires to compete at the highest levels. Asked when she first started thinking about competing in world championship and Olympic shooting events, she answers: “Not too long ago, really. It was after I shot my second hundred straight targets.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man who abused Gardai in a pub claimed he got drunk after not getting any sleep after attending an all-night wake.Chris Bonner, of Convoy in Co Donegal appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a public order offence. The court was told the 45-year-old father-of-two was drinking in Rosie’s Bar in Drumkeen when Gardai arrived at the premises.Bonner became aggressive with Gardai and asked them if they had nothing better to do before telling them to “f*** off.”Gardai asked Bonner to desist but his tirade of abuse continued before Bonner called the Gardai “c****” and was arrested.His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was the worse for wear after going without sleep having stayed up all night at a family wake.Mr Gallagher said “As is the custom in these parts, he stayed up all night at the wake. He had been drinking at the meal after the funeral.”The court was told that Bonner of Aughyalt, Convoy had a number of previous convictions.He is now working as a labourer o building sites in Dublin.Judge Paul Kelly said he was ordering Bonner to pay €150 to Letterkenny Youth and Community Project in lieu of getting another conviction.Man who went without sleep after all-night wake abused Gardai was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Chris Bonnerdonegaldrunkwake
Women’s college basketball: Humboldt 72 Cal State LA 70Alexia Thrower made a layup with 15 seconds remaining to break a 70-70 tie and lift the Humboldt State women’s basketball team to a 72-70 win over Cal State LA, Saturday night at Lumberjack Arena.Thrower led Humboldt (4-1, 2-0) with a monster stat line — 23 points and 15 rebounds — and played every minute of Saturday’s CCAA conference game.Tyra Turner, in her second game back from injury, played all 40 minutes as well and scored a …
15 April 2015South Africa’s newest university – the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University – demonstrated the government’s commitment to education and skills development, President Jacob Zuma said at the official opening on Tuesday.SMU, which has been built on the premises of the old Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, is South Africa’s first “standalone health sciences university”, Zuma said. It offers certificates, diplomas, degrees and post-graduate programmes.Zuma said the government will continue to invest in education and skills as the key to economic growth and development. Two new universities were opened in 2014: the Sol Plaatje University in the Northern Cape and the University of Mpumalanga. Both provinces did not previously have a university.“South Africa today is faced with an extensive shortage and an inadequate distribution of health professionals. We have an undersupply of new and appropriately trained health science graduates, which is why we need to focus intensively on producing this important health professional core,” he said.New generationThe university is named after former ANC president Sefako Makgatho, who, Zuma said, “dedicated his entire life to improving the human condition of the African masses in our country, in a noble, altruistic and gallant manner.“The university is named after a gallant son of the South African soil. It must promote the legacy of Sefako Makgatho by producing appropriately qualified, highly skilled and patriotic human resources for health.”Zuma said SMU provided an excellent opportunity for the development and training of a new generation of health professionals, who would make a positive difference in the lives of the many South Africans still marginalised by poverty and lack of access to health services.He said the new university would go beyond only training medical doctors and would produce other health professionals such as dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, medical technologists and radiographers.The new university also improves access to higher learning. Around 25% of South Africans are expected to be engaged with further study by 2030. The university has 5 034 students enrolled. Its projected growth is to have 7 000 students by 2019, and 10 000 students by 2024.“We are really forging ahead in providing more opportunities and a better future for our youth and our people in general,” Zuma said.The university would recruit students from communities with the greatest health-care needs, and provide innovative training programmes, including distance programmes, he said.FundingA university subsidy of more than R298-million had been allocated to support the university operations for the 2015/16 financial year. An additional amount of R210- million has been made available to support the establishment of the new university.Zuma said universities should ensure that they offered a range of courses and programmes that would meet the needs of the economy. “We also encourage our learners to take up mathematics and science as more opportunities are now available for further study for them in this field. We are also investing in teacher training so that we can produce students for Sefako Makgatho from our high schools,” he said.Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said the university must aim to be judged against the best in the world.He said the department had started making funding available for Masters and PhD students, but had not receive anticipated number of applications. The department has set aside about R145-million for academics.Nzimande said his department would also make funding available for entry-level posts at universities. Students “are going to sign an agreement that says, if we have supported you as government for three years, you are going to come back and teach at a university for three years, we will create a post for you”.Introduction of new programmesProfessor Olive Shisana, chair of the SMU Interim Council, said about 15 new programmes would offered by the university in the future to address the gaps identified in the South African health sector.Although the university would lead with health science programmes, it would not kill what other universities were currently offering, she said.Shisana said the university was developing relationships with international institutions: “We brought in an international advisory committee that includes people from universities in Brazil, Washington, Uganda and the president of the Medical Council in South Africa, among others. We did this because this university is expected to provide trainees who are going to support the health system that is coming up.”Shisana said the university would also offer short courses for health-care professionals who wanted to expand their skills and knowledge.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Tags:#emergency services#industrial#LED#safety#safety wearables#smart clothing#smart glasses#wearable tech#wearables Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has announced the selection of 10 start-up companies to be part of EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology, an accelerator program designed to bring start-ups, accelerators, and other strategic partners together in a common research and development effort. The program operates in conjunction in conjunction with TechNexus and its partner CIT.First responders such as police, fire and emergency services have a tremendous need for devices such as body-worn electronics, advanced sensors, and integrated voice and data communications embedded within their gear. Hands-free wearables can integrate multiple technologies and minimize additional equipment while maximizing effective response efforts.See also: U.S. research into smart shirts for emergency responder“This is an important step for science and technology to tap into the innovation ecosystem,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “We need to find technologies for first responders that can be integrated directly into their existing gear. The entrepreneurial world is on the leading edge of those inventive solutions.”As part of the program, the 10 start-ups will have access to first responder feedback, industry partners and investors, and business development educational resources from mentors around the business world. The access and resources available will assist in early market validation efforts, test and evaluation opportunities, and the establishment of a path to introduce their technologies to a variety of markets, including government sector partners.The selected start-ups include:HAAS Alert HAAS alert is a connected and autonomous V2V mobile platform that provides preemptive warning to drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists when emergency vehicles are approaching. This is through a mobile vehicle-to-vehicle communication platform that uses acoustic sensors to pick up environmental and situational noise, and location data to connect people, vehicles, and things in cities, streamlining the disaster and emergency notification process to keep communities safe.Augmate: Augmate have developed a provisioning and management platform for wearable devices that helps IT departments track users and their devices, collect sensor data, communicate with workers, and control approved applications and situational connectivity. The platform enables a workplace to monitor each device’s battery status and last location by implementing locational beacon technology. It’s currently used with good success in industries such as manufacturing and mining and would have a important contribution to emergency services.Command WearCommand Wear have created a software platform that connected with first responders existing smartphones, smart watches and tablets to provide personnel tracking, two-way text communication and video sharing to speed response, improve situational awareness and keep responders safe. Geo-fencing alerts personnel that they’re entering hazard zones or moving outside an assigned area. Teams can also review everything that happens during a for later analysis or investigation after the event.LumenusLumenus is a smart clothing company, creating smart clothing that uses LED lighting and connectivity to improve visibility of consumers and industrial workers. The company ran a Kickstarter campaign last year for two jackets, a vest and a backpack that enable wearers to be seen more easily at night with a corresponding app to include a GPS component to promote cyclist safety, which includes cycle-friendly directions and the ability to modify their routes to avoid hazardous locations. Six15 TechnologiesSix15 Technologies is the at the forefront of wearable solutions for Public Safety, Security, and First Responders, creating rugged, high-resolution head mounted displays (HMD) and OEM optoelectronic modules including custom computing and display solutions. Their AR Glasses Platform is also used to good affect in industries such as mining and manufacturing.Vault RMS A 2015 study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that firefighters have up to 2.3x the rate of cancer compared to the average US worker. In response Vault RMS have developed a software platform that leverages biometric and situational data from wearable devices and other inputs to build a long-term health profile of workers exposed to health-compromising environments. For example, Vault tracks workers exposure to fire and carcinogenic materials and provides the data to firefighters when they need health documentation. This drives improvements in health, safety, and overall worker productivity.The EMERGE program will conclude with opportunities to explore pilot and path-to-market opportunities with the first responder, corporate, and investor communities later this year. It’ll be a great chance for many to see the way wearables are used to great effect by first responders, at times with life saving impact. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Related Posts Cate Lawrence Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces