An option to serve in COVID-19 fight

first_img From envelopes to emails Testing shortfalls could mean that this country already has hundreds of cases, Chan School’s Lipsitch says “Each hospital, and each clinical department, will decide whether and how this would enhance their efforts,” Hundert said. “The hospitals will let HMS and the students know what their needs are.”For many of the graduating students, the next few weeks will be a time of uncertainty.“I know that some residency programs reached out to their future interns inquiring about their willingness to volunteer and join the intern workforce earlier. I will wait and see if my program has such an offering,” said graduating HMS student Ameen Barghi,who was accepted into the orthopedic surgery program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.  “I have matched at a hospital outside of Massachusetts, so out of this pool of newly minted doctors, I might not be anyone’s first call. This is because hospitals, for on-boarding and other purposes, will likely bring in those who matched at their institutions first. That being said, if one of the HMS hospitals or my new institution asked me to come in and help patients on the front lines, I’d do it in a heartbeat,” said Nora Torres Yordan, who matched to the obstetrics/gynecology program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.According to Sudders, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine is prepared to grant M.D. students who choose to take the early graduation option a special 90-day limited provisional license to practice, after which they would be able to start in a pre-internship COVID-19 service role, according to Hundert.Students also have the option of graduating early and not working in the hospitals immediately, Hundert said, and some hospital programs may not issue a call for them.It is unclear whether the provisional license issued by Massachusetts would be accepted in other states where HMS students have matched. Saldaña and Hundert said medical schools across the U.S. are considering early graduation options, with New York universities leading the way in giving students the choice. Coronavirus likely now ‘gathering steam’ Virtual Match Day captures joy, purpose for HMS 2020 graduates Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warnscenter_img Coronavirus screening may miss two-thirds of infected travelers entering U.S. Leaky international cordon may mean equivalent of worst flu season in modern times Related This year’s graduating Harvard Medical School (HMS) students will have the option to receive their diplomas early so that, if they choose, they can quickly be deployed into hospitals where regular staff might soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.Fourth-year HMS students who have completed all their training and degree requirements, as well as graduating M.D. students from Boston University, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts, are being given the option to receive their diplomas before their scheduled graduation date in May.The change comes in response to a request to the schools from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, citing an expected escalation in local health care workforce needs.Approximately 700 medical students in the Boston area are slated to graduate this spring.Because Harvard University grants HMS M.D. degrees, there were administrative issues to address before the option can become official for HMS students, including deliberation and voting by the Harvard Corporation and the University’s Board of Overseers.On March 30, the governing boards had approved the proposal, voting “… in view of the extraordinary circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, to authorize the dean [of the Faculty of Medicine] to approve the early conferral of degrees on students who are currently candidates for Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees scheduled to be conferred in May 2020, once such students have been deemed to have completed the requirements for the M.D. degree by the registrar of Harvard Medical School.” The boards said approval must also be granted by University Provost Alan Garber.“Students enter our medical schools aspiring to serve and heal. I have never been more proud of our students, many of whom have already expressed their eagerness to graduate early so they can join our hospitals on the front lines to help treat patients amid this pandemic,” said HMS Dean George Q. Daley. “We need their skill and compassion now more than ever, and many are ready, willing and able to answer the call.”HMS Dean for Medical Education Edward Hundert told graduating students on a teleconference on March 26 that a number of details must be worked out in the coming weeks. He also emphasized that early graduation will be entirely voluntary and that individual hospital programs where students have matched may or may not build this option into their COVID-19 contingency plans. “I feel very lucky that I am on the cusp of completing medical school at this time … because it means I have been trained with skills that might allow me to make a meaningful difference providing clinical care during this pandemic.” — Josephine Fisher, graduating HMS student “This is evolving,” Hundert told the students, “and it will be entirely optional. We want to make this available for those who would like to respond if asked and give our students the option to serve in this way.”Hundert and HMS Dean for Students Fidencio Saldaña told students that those meeting all degree requirements could be allowed to graduate as early as mid-April, more than a month before regularly scheduled Commencement ceremonies and two months before most internships begin.Any student can also choose to wait until May to graduate.Students considering the early graduation option will have to consider how losing student status early might affect their health insurance, their housing and visas, and their student loan deferral status. Hundert and Saldaña said HMS is working to provide answers to all such questions before mid-April.“This decision is a personal one, and no one should feel pressured by it,” said Saldaña.Graduating HMS student Josephine Fisher, who matched last week to Massachusetts General Hospital’s internal medicine/primary care program, said she is excited that HMS will be offering the early graduation option.“One of the hardest parts for me is feeling that, as of right now, we are not able to help on the front lines as much as we would like,” Fisher said. “Though I feel nervous about the risks posed to myself, and even more so to my family, who I risk exposing when I return home from work, I feel very lucky that I am on the cusp of completing medical school at this time … because it means I have been trained with skills that might allow me to make a meaningful difference providing clinical care during this pandemic.”Hundert said educational leaders at HMS teaching affiliates, such as Mass General, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance, welcomed the news that they might be able to build the possibility of M.D. student reinforcements into their COVID-19 contingency plans,  particularly if current interns and residents become ill and are unable to care for patients.“They all said this was new information for them as it is for us, and that they would assess how this new possibility could potentially enhance their options as they consider workforce needs,” Hundert said, telling the students on the call that it would likely be at least a week before hospitals let HMS know how and when graduating students might be invited to participate as needs evolve over the coming weeks.last_img read more

Dodgers fail to support Kershaw in 2-1 loss to San Francisco Giants

first_imgKershaw’s Challenge, the nonprofit charity established by Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen, is donating money to various charities for every strikeout the Dodger pitcher records this season. The nonprofit even has a live website this season where fans can do the same.Striking batters out has not been a challenge for Kershaw this season. He leads the major leagues with 43.Kershaw’s challenge is really his team’s challenge, and it rings familiar to anyone who watched Kershaw win 13 games in 2010, or 14 games in 2012, with a sub-3.00 earned-run average each season. The reigning National League MVP has started five games in 2015. The Dodgers scored seven runs in Kershaw’s only win. In his other four starts, the Dodgers have scored a total of nine runs, including a 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. So for the Dodgers, it shouldn’t matter who that night’s opponent is.A recent history lesson might be in order.In 2013, Kershaw led the majors with a miniscule 1.83 earned-run average that was 49 percent better than the league average. The Dodgers went 19-14 in games Kershaw started that season.In 2014, Kershaw led the majors with an almost equally miniscule 1.77 ERA, 50 percent better than the league average. The Dodgers went 23-4 in games Kershaw started and he was properly recognized as the Most Valuable Player in the league.The main difference: The Dodgers averaged 5.31 runs per game in Kershaw’s starts last year and 3.85 the year before.On Tuesday, the Dodgers scored their only run against Bumgarner in the fourth inning when Jimmy Rollins singled, went to third base on a double by Kiké Hernandez, and scored on a ground ball by Howie Kendrick.Buster Posey drove in both runs for the Giants, on a single in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth. Kershaw allowed seven hits and two runs in seven innings. He walked none and struck out eight.Bumgarner was just a bit better against a Dodgers starting lineup that featured no left-handers; center fielder Joc Pederson and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were both given a day off. Bumgarner allowed five hits and just the one run, walking one batter and striking out nine.“I gave up two, he gave up one. He pitched eight innings, I pitched seven. So, yeah. I got outpitched,” Kershaw said.Mattingly said that Kershaw seems to be getting better as the season goes along and Kershaw agreed. He said his command is improving with each start, as is a slider that he’s been more hesitant to use this year compared to years past.But the Dodger hitters are facing a turning point. Kershaw’s repeated lack of run support can either be an April thing, or a recurring theme throughout the season.“There are years when the guys get runs and years when they don’t,” Mattingly said. “You never know who you’re going to match up with. (The Giants) very easily could have gone with somebody else, it happened to be this cat here tonight.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In San Francisco, it might mean more that this loss came against the Giants and ace Madison Bumgarner. Kershaw (1-2) has lost four straight postseason starts dating to 2013, while Bumgarner (2-1) won four games last October alone. Bragging rights are at stake whenever the two face off, and Bumgarner has had the upper hand twice in the past week alone.“I’m sure (Kershaw) likes pitching against a guy like (Bumgarner) because he’s good,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.Not really, no.“I don’t care who I pitch against,” a somber Kershaw said. “I have a lot of respect for Madison, what he does, but I don’t care who I pitch against.”Asked if he’d like to face Bumgarner 30 times a year, Kershaw said, “No. I’d rather win 30 times a year.”last_img read more

US ready to take on Belgium in World Cup

first_imgEditor’s Note: City to Host World Cup Watch Party in Market Square TuesdayUSA vs. Belgium game will be broadcast live on big screenThe City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host a World Cup Watch Party in Market Square on Tuesday, July 1. Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. prior to the 4:00 p.m. kickoff between the United States and Belgium.In partnership with 96.1 KISS, Mikey and Big Bob of the KISS Morning Freak Show will co-host the event.The family friendly event will be free and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in support of Team USA. Alcoholic beverages and grills are not permitted. Rain or shine. United States’ goalkeeper Tim Howard, left, shakes hands with Clint Dempsey after the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Now that the U.S. has survived the so-called “Group of Death,” it’s time for sudden death: the knockout phase of the World Cup.The Americans play Belgium on Tuesday night in the round of 16, hoping to show they’re better than the U.S. team that lost in overtime to Ghana in the second round four years ago.“By no means are we satisfied with just getting out of the group,” midfielder Graham Zusi said Sunday after the Americans advanced despite a 1-0 loss to Germany. “We want to keep going and make some history.”Belgium eased past the Americans 4-2 in a May 2013 exhibition at Cleveland on two goals by Christian Benteke (currently sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon), and one each from Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas. Two years earlier, Belgium won 1-0 in Brussels on Nicolas Lombaerts’ half-volley in the 55th minute in Jurgen Klinsmann’s first road game with the U.S.“They’re a top team. Everyone around Europe will tell you how good they are,” American goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “They’ve got so many good players, young players, strong, fast, good on the ball. I actually think because of that we match up well with them, but we’ll see.”Howard was a teammate at Everton last season with Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Mirallas, and played on the Toffees with Fellaini before the bushy-haired forward transferred to Manchester United last summer. The Red Devils, seeded in December’s draw and ranked 11th, are at their first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup, where they lost in the second round to eventual champion Brazil.While the U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 and drew Portugal 2-2 to advance on a goal-difference tiebreaker against the Portuguese, Belgium beat Algeria 2-1, Russia 1-0 and South Korea 1-0.“It gives us so much confidence to get those nine points with only 10 men and prepare for the Americans in that mood,” defender Jan Vertonghen said Sunday after scoring the only goal as Belgium finished a man short.The U.S., which reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, returned to its Sao Paulo base Thursday night and looked forward to four days off before playing the Belgians in Salvador. The winner advances to a quarterfinal against Argentina or Switzerland.“We’re excited about trying to go further than we did last World Cup and getting past this first game (of the knockout rounds),” captain Clint Dempsey said.last_img read more

Matter of when Man City wins title and how many records fall

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Beleaguered Mutko steps down as president of Russian Football Union It will be tough for Guardiola to win the title that early in England as he chases a quadruple after finishing his first season at the club without a trophy. City is already through to the League Cup semifinals, into the Champions League last 16 and begins its FA Cup campaign in two weeks.Man United is in second place, with defending champion Chelsea three points further back in third. United manager Jose Mourinho says the title race is still on, but the rest of his peers among the chasing pack don’t see City faltering now.It will be intriguing how Mourinho reacts to be seeing his title ambitions further fade in his second season at United, having already opted to publicly call out his “childish” players after a draw at Leicester on Saturday.PICK OF THE PLAYERSKevin De Bruyne is playing in a deeper role for City this season, virtually as a center midfielder, and it is bringing the best of out the Belgium midfielder.He has provided many of this season’s wow moments, from scoring the winning goal at former club Chelsea in September with a fierce left-footed strike from outside the area to the assists for goals by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in the 7-2 win over Stoke in OctoberDovetailing perfectly with fellow playmaker David Silva, De Bruyne has six goals and eight assists but it’s more than just his statistics. His prodigious work rate, range of passing and crossing ability — arguably the best in the Premier League since the days of David Beckham — that make him a strong contender for the player of the season awards.No wonder City is determined to nail down the 26-year-old De Bruyne to an improved, longer contract.EMERGING TALENTAmid an offseason of record spending in English soccer, little was made of Watford signing Richarlison from Brazilian team Fluminense for 13 million pounds ($17 million). Alexis Sanchez is a superstar performing well below expectations this season, perhaps as a result of failing to secure a move to Man City from Arsenal during the summer.That transfer could be revived in January — Guardiola cut an awkward figure recently when asked about making a new bid for the Chile forward — to potentially leave City with an even greater wealth of attacking riches.Sanchez has five league goals. By this stage last season, he had already scored 12 on his way to career-high haul of 24 for a single league campaign.In the dugout, these are testing times for two British managers: Alan Pardew and Mark Hughes.Pardew succeeded Tony Pulis a month ago with a mission to keep West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. Then the Baggies were two points above the bottom three. Now they are next-from-bottom after collecting only two points from Pardew’s first five games.Hughes’ future appears on a knife-edge at Stoke despite a pressure-relieving victory over West Brom on Saturday that hauled the team three points from the danger zone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew City has already reeled off the most consecutive English top-flight wins — a record extended at the weekend to 17 games.Manchester United’s record Premier League title-winning margin of 18 points from 2000 could also be under threat. And England could be looking at its third unbeaten “Invincibles” team after Preston in 1888-89 and Arsenal in 2003-04.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 folkSo it doesn’t bode well for a compelling second half of the Premier League season? Think again.The chase for the other three Champions League spots should be fierce with eight points separating second-place Manchester United and Arsenal in sixth. Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are in the mix among them. Two leading sides will fall by the wayside and be denied a place among the European elite. The battle to stay in the world’s richest soccer league is also intense. No team is stranded at the bottom, with Swansea in 20th place only six points behind Southampton in 13th.A closer look at the first half of the season:TITLE RACECity leads by 13 points at the halfway stage after winning 18 of its 19 games and drawing one in the best ever start to a Premier League season. The only dropped points came at home to Everton in the second game on Aug. 21, when City played more than a half with 10 men following Kyle Walker’s sending-off.Guardiola won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich in late March in 2014 — aided by a winning streak of 19 games never before seen in a major European league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Yet the 20-year-old forward is proving a bargain, settling in quickly to the pace and intensity of the Premier League and being one of the key factors in Watford’s impressive start to the season that, at one stage, saw them challenging around the top four.Direct, skilful and quick, Richarlison already has five goals and keeps getting himself in great positions to score more, with his finishing sometimes letting him down. Opponents have cottoned on to his impact, with Richarlison telling ESPN Brazil this month: “Teams are already marking me individually, they are putting two players there on my side.”Chelsea and Tottenham have been linked with the Brazil under-20s player, who has yet to earn a call-up to the senior squad. That appears only a matter of time.Other players to break through this season are Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen, the Danish center back who has ousted David Luiz, and Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, the right back who has ensured long-term injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne hasn’t been missed.SURPRISE TEAMAn unfashionable club is mixing it with the heavyweights of the Premier League against all the odds. We’ve heard this before, right?Two years ago, it was Leicester delivering a soccer fairy tale by somehow winning the league. Now it’s Burnley’s turn to provide the feel-good story of the season.Widely regarded as a relegation candidate at the start of the season, Burnley is currently seventh. Don’t rule Burnley out of staying in the tussle for the Champions League qualification places, with Liverpool only three points better off in fourth. The northwest team hasn’t finished a season higher than sixth place in the top flight since 1974.Burnley, which has conceded just 15 goals in 19 games, has already beaten Chelsea away and drawn at Tottenham and Liverpool. Not bad for a team that returned a profit of about $20 million in summer player sales when most of the rest of the Premier League was spending freely.POINTS TO PROVE Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal, his side’s third, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England. APEnglish soccer has never seen a team so utterly dominant as Manchester City entering the packed Christmas program.There seems little doubt Pep Guardiola will be raising the Premier League trophy for the first time in May. It is just a question of when City will wrap up its third title since 2014, and how many records will tumble on the way.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

QPR boss hails “world class” Bruce – and has dig at Aston Villa fans

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR boss Ian Holloway labelled Steve Bruce a “world class manager” who should be in charge of England – but could not resist a sly dig at Aston Villa fans following his side’s defeat.Bruce’s Villa did the double over Rangers thanks to two 1-0 wins, both earned by £15m striker Jonathan Kodjia.But while Holloway conceded the Ivorian was the difference between the clubs in both games, he also lavished praise on Bruce for the way he has revitalised Villa.“Steve for me is a world class manager,” Holloway said.“People might laugh at that but you don’t get four promotions at this level if you’re not as good as he is.“I actually wanted him for England when he was out of work.“They (Villa) have got the right man in charge. I think he’s fantastic, they’re lucky to have him.“There were a few grumbles because everybody wanted to spank me out of sight. But you won, well done.”Holloway attracted criticism from Villa supporters when, while working as a television pundit, he predicted their team would struggle this season.But the Rangers boss insisted he had simply poured scorn on Villa owner Tony Xia’s promise to turn the newly relegated side into “the top club in Europe” in five to 10 years.“I said how difficult it was, with how badly they came down, to actually be in the top two clubs in Europe. And if I’m a bad pundit for saying that, then shoot me,” he said.“I’m not a pundit, I’m a football manager. I don’t get paid as much as all the others because I don’t deserve it and I don’t get to buy the players that everybody else does.“But I do alright with them – so, bothered.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa fields strong team at Davos 2011

first_imgAgainst a backdrop of snowy Swiss slopes,a billboard in Davos invites delegates atthe 2010 event to experience South Africa.(Image: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122• Zanele Mngadi  Chief director, Presidency communications  +27 12 300 5431 or +27 82 330 1148 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s BRIC membership to boost country• Team SA punts country in Davos • Zuma welcomes world at Davos • SA hosts World Economic Forum • South Africans leading the worldMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting runs from 26 to 30 January in Davos, Switzerland, and as was the case in previous years, South Africa is well represented in 2011.Team SA 2011 is headed by President Jacob Zuma, who is accompanied by key delegates from the private and public sectors, including finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, and energy Minister Dipuo Peters.Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, chairperson Anitha Soni and marketing manager Sophie Masipa, among other Brand South Africa personnel, are also attending the high-powered gathering of political and business leaders.The 2011 WEF meeting convenes under the theme Shared Norms for the New Reality, and will address a number of concerns facing world leaders today. They include the rise of digital media and technology; the emergence of blossoming superpowers such as China and India; debt, joblessness and decreased growth in Western countries; and the failure of the global economic system to successfully address issues such as poverty, inequality and the environment.South Africa’s agenda runs on three levels. On a national scale, the aim is to promote the country as a competitive nation, and to attract investment to boost economic growth and create more jobs.At a regional level, the country will drive relevant issues of concern to the continent, and on a global scale, the delegation will promote South Africa as a competent player on the world stage.South Africa’s Presidency describes the four central pillars of the 2011 meeting as: • Responding to the new reality; • Economic outlook and policies for defining inclusive growth; • Supporting the G20 agenda; • Building a risk response network.Zuma is scheduled to host a dialogue with some 60 CEOs of international corporations, where he and his ministerial delegation will discuss opportunities in South Africa.Attractive investment and tourism destinationAccording to Matola, the country has already demonstrated its capabilities to the world, and although Brand South Africa’s representation at Davos 2011 consequently doesn’t need to be as big as the previous year, the organisation will continue to position South Africa as an attractive investment and tourism destination.Soni said that private-public partnerships were all-important.“At Davos 2010 our partnership with the private section saw South Africa represented at most panels and plenary sessions. We flew the flag high, but ongoing partnerships are vital if we are to successfully focus on what we want to achieve.”In 2010 Brand South Africa ran a successful campaign, titled Experience South Africa, to promote the country, which included huge, visually stunning billboards, featuring South African scenery, at Zurich airport and in Davos, and branding on buses in that town.Welcoming the worldZuma is expected to punt South Africa’s hosting of the 17th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP17), which takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, from 28 November to 9 December 2011. Zuma and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón will lead a discussion on lessons taken from the COP15 (Copenhagen, 2009) and COP16 (Cancun, Mexico, 2010) conferences, and expectations for COP17.As busy as always, the South African president will also co-chair a discussion featuring the UN secretary-general’s high level panel on global sustainability, together with Finland’s President Tarja Halonen. This event will focus on climate change as a sustainable development challenge, and the related issues of poverty alleviation, food security, and energy management.The annual Davos gathering will lay the foundation for this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa, which takes place in Cape Town from 4 to 6 May. The theme is Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality and will explore ways in which the continent can play a bigger leadership role in the new reality.last_img read more

Indaba to tackle SA mining challenges

first_imgLabour disputes, rising costs and slowing demand due to a stagnant global economy are the major issues faced by South Africa’s miners. How the country plans to address these challenges will be a key focus of the Investing in African Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town this week.More than 7 500 delegates, representing 1 800 international companies, will be in South Africa to discuss and debate mining interests in Africa.Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told a Brand South Africa gathering at the Cape Sun on Sunday night that the transformation of the industry was fundamental to helping the country overcome its dual challenges of poverty and inequality, and ensuring that everyone benefited from South Africa’s mineral wealth.The mining sector roundtable, hosted by Brand South Africa, KPMG and CNBC Africa, included a panel discussion about the opportunities for growth offered by transformation.‘No plans to nationalise mines’ In a pre-recorded video address, Shabangu said improvements to the regulatory framework had been made with the intention of attracting investment, adding that the government had repeatedly reassured investors that it did not have plans to nationalise South Africa’s mines.“The way to balance profit and social responsibility is to work together,” the minister said. “Partnerships are key.”Shabangu urged investors to view transformation as a positive, not a negative factor: “See yourself as contributing to South Africa, the gateway to Africa”.Miller Matola, the chief executive of Brand South Africa, said it was important to discuss ways to ensure the sustainability and success of what is a key sector of the South African economy.“We must find ways to take advantage of opportunities that are presented by a continent that is clearly on the rise,” he said.‘New solutions needed’ Godfrey Olifant, the deputy minister of mineral resources, said that although South Africa could do better, growth in the industry was strong and he was comfortable that “we are doing well”.Rivalry between unions and the importance of beneficiation to employment creation were not new issues, Olifant said. The challenge was rather to find new solutions to old problems.Change required commitment, he said, and it was time “to do something new”.Also participating in Sunday night’s roundtable were Chamber of Mines of SA vice-president Khanyisile Kweyama, South African Mining Development Association president Bridgette Motsepe Radebe, and Leslie Maasdorp, president of the Southern Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.The organisers of the four-day Investing in African Mining Indaba say the event has injected more than R336-million in revenue into the Western Cape’s economy over the past five years, creating 3 000 direct or indirect jobs.More than half of the delegates attending the event come from Africa, while 18% are from Europe, 12% from Australia, and 8% from North America.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2016 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day #1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Check out Day 1 of the I-71 leg of the TourPutnam CountyCorn Summary: The field had very small diameter stalks and could have problems in the wind. Yield looks like 100 bushels per acre. There was tip-back, aborted ears, smut, GLS and signs of very dry conditions.Soybean Summary: The beans were 32 inches tall and the plants had aborted a few pods. The plants still had many pods and there is average yield potential if they can keep getting more rain. There was a little Septoria.Putnam Co.CornPutnam Co. CornPutnam Co. beansPutnam Co. beans Van Wert CountyCorn Summary: This stand was thin at a 25,000 population and a 110-yield average. There was some limited GLS and it didn’t look bad for as little rain as it had gotten. It was planted April 27 right before a big rain and extended cold weather, which really hurt the stand.Soybean Summary: The canopy was at 33 inches and the first node was at four inches. There was no disease and light bean leaf beetle feeding. There were two to three beans per pod in early pod fill. This field is at least fair with more potential with additional rains.Van Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. soybeansVan Wert Co. beans Paulding CountyCorn Summary: This field will yield around 149. The ears were large but the stand was extremely variable with a population of 26,000 or so. The confidence in the estimate may be high though due to variable stands outside of the check area. We found tassel ear in the field and it was planted late, still pollinating.Soybean Summary: There was some insect feeding and the canopy was short at 25 inches. It was podded well but yield is average in this field. We found what may be sudden death syndrome in small areas.Paulding Co. cornPaulding Co. cornPaulding Co. beansPaulding Co. beansDefiance CountyCorn Summary: There was a population of 32,000 with some denitrification due to dry conditions. You could see the crack from the knife when they put on anhydrous. The ground never closed back up. It was planted between May 22 and May 29. It had a yield of 130. There was no real disease pressure.Soybean Summary: There was a canopy height of 32 inches with a node height of 4.5 inches. There was no disease pressure and light bean leaf beetle feeding. There were many two or three bean pods with a fair overall rating and great weed control.Defiance Co. cornDefiance Co. CornDefiance Co. beansDefiance Co. beansHardin County Corn Summary: Planted on May 9 looks like around 150 bushels at a population of 34,000. A little GLS but not enough to spray. Stalk strength looks good but fired up three to four collars,  though not past the ear. The stand looks good but tipped back ears from the hot and dry conditions, maybe 20 bushels worth.Bean Summary: Population around 130,000 and canopy at 40 inches or so the pods were three inches apart with many thee-bean pods and no disease. We saw a lot of hovering flies and a few Japanese beetles, but nothing serious. Good yield potential, maybe in the 50s with the nice recent  rain.Hardin Co. cornHardin Co. Corn fired up from dry conditions.Hardin Co. beansHardin Co. Beans Allen CountyCorn Summary: The population was 24,000 with a yield around 136 for the April 27 planted corn. There was very little disease, if any. The field struggled with emergence early. It was moderately dry here with 6 inches in June and 1.5 inches in July. It just got a nice rain.Soybean Summary: This gravel underlay farm has a 125,000 population with 34 inches on the consistent canopy height. The node height was 3.5 inches and many three and four bean pods. No disease and light insect pressure. They were planted May 23 with average to good yield potential.Allen Co. cornAllen Co. cornAllen Co. BeansAllen Co. soybeans Hancock CountyCorn Summary: This field had 140 bushels per acre with heavy GLS. Half the field looks good and half looks bad. It was planted May 16 and suffered some denitrification with some smut and drought stress. The plants had cannibalized themselves in some parts of the fields with a population of 33,000 or 34,000.Soybean Summary: Canopy highest was at 30 inches with low disease pressure and a little insect feeding. There were several Japanese beetles making babies. Pods were filling with fair yield potential for this field. This was one of the cleaner fields in terms of weed pressure.Hancock Co. cornHancock Co. cornHancock Co. soybeansHancock Co. soybeans Seneca CountyCorn Summary: This field was planted May 23 and suffered from drought. The population is 33,000 and has good ear fill with no disease. The stalk quality is still good and the yield is 140.Soybean Summary: The canopy is at 31 inches and it is a clean field. There is maybe a little mold developing and really no insect pressure. It has been dry here but there was a nice rain recently. There is pretty decent yield potential in this field. Seneca Co. cornThe dry ares of the field show from above in this Seneca Co. corn.Seneca Co. cornThere was some mold growing in the Seneca Co. bean field after the recent rains.Wood CountyCorn Summary: The field was at 34,000 population with a yield at 152 planted May 19. It had the least denitrification of a field we have been in so far. There was significant tip-back and a little green snap in the field from some wind early in the season. Minimal GLS and little insect feeding.Soybean Summary: We saw 38 inches tall for the canopy and 3.5 inches on the node height. We had three bean pods with a few bean leaf beetles. Not much disease in these 7.5-inch row beans. The field was clean with a fair yield potential in the low 40s.Wood Co. cornGreen snap in Wood Co. cornWood Co. BeansWood Co. Beans Henry CountyCorn Summary: There was a 28,000 population with no disease, no insects and good ear fill. There was quite a bit of ear size variability with a yield of 146 bushels. It was planted May 22.Soybean Summary: This was the tallest canopy of the day so far at close to 40 inches. Very healthy with good pod set and still blooming in the very good to excellent yield potential field.Henry Co. CornHenry Co. CornHenry Co. BeansHenry Co. beans Fulton CountyCorn Summary: We saw a yield of 146. It was a replant situation and the replant was not going to make anything. There was not a lot of drought stress but we saw a major insect issue with western bean cutworm in two of the six Bt corn ears we pulled. The population was 33,000 and it was planted in April and replanted the end of May.Soybean Summary: We had a canopy height that averaged 38 inches with a first node around three inches. There was no disease or insect pressure with many three-bean pods. There were many pods with good yield potential.Fulton Co. Corn with Western Bean Cutworm damageWestern bean cutworm cause damage in two of the six ears pulled in Fulton Co.Fulton Co. beansFulton Co. beans Williams CountyCorn Summary: This was a good stand but a low population of 27,000. There was no disease or insect pressure, though there was one ear with zipper ear and a little tip-back. The kernel depth was excellent with an average yield of 195 bushels in by far the best corn we have seen. It was planted May 20 with multi-hybrid and variable rate.Soybean Summary: The canopy was at 38 inches, the tallest we have seen. They were still blooming and pods were still forming. There was a fungicide application and no diseases or insects present.Williams Co. cornWilliams Co. cornWilliams Co. BeansWilliams Co. Beanslast_img read more

Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP Finals

first_imgMatt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala View comments Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’ PLAY LIST 01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Melecio carried Green Archers with 24 points on 5-of-13 shooting from downtown, to go along with three assists and two rebounds, while Rivero had 10 markers and three boards in the losing cause.The scores:ATENEO 76 – Ravena 12, Ma. Nieto 11, Mi. Nieto 11, Asistio 10, Tolentino 9, Black 7, Verano 5, Go 5, Ikeh 4, Tio 2, Mamuyac 0, Mendoza 0, Porter 0DLSU 70 – Melecio 24, R. Rivero 10, Mbala 8, Tratter 7, Santillan 7, P. Rivero 7, Baltazar 4, Montalbo 3, Caracut 0, Go 0, Tero 0, Paraiso 0.Quarters: 26-14, 43-39, 60-58, 76-70. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaac Go didn’t need to put up gaudy numbers to once again be the hero for Ateneo. He just had to be at the right place at the right time.The 6-foot-7 big man scored the deciding basket as Ateneo pulled off a gutsy 76-70 win over defending champion La Salle in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Go made the undergoal stab off a bounce pass from Thirdy Ravena with only 10.4 seconds left to seal the Blue Eagles’ victory.He finished with just five points, but three of those came when it mattered most as his three-point play in the waning seconds of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it wasn’t just Go alone as Ateneo used a balanced attack anew to match the Archers’ firepower.Ravena paced Ateneo with 12 markers, six boards, and four dimes, Matt Nieto fired 11 points, three assists, and two rebounds despite being cut above the left eye late in the first half, and twin brother Mike Nieto ignited the rally in the fourth quarter as he collected seven of his 11 markers in the fourth period, on top of his five rebounds. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nieto’s explosion early in the final frame allowed the Blue Eagles to take a 69-59 lead with 6:34 left to play.The Green Archers, however, leaned on Aljun Melecio as the diminutive guard led La Salle’s 11-2 blast that cut the Blue Eagles lead down to, 70-71, with 2:32 remaining.Ravena gave Ateneo a bit of breathing room with a bucket with 2:11 left, but La Salle just couldn’t get an answer as Melecio and Ricci Rivero failed to find the bottom of the net in their attempts late.Ateneo shoots for a sweep and its first title since UAAP Season 75 in Game 2 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala was limited to a season-low eight points and 12 rebounds as he tried to play through foul trouble.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl demands intensity lift from players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl demands intensity lift from playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is demanding a higher level of intensity from his players.The Austrian cancelled a day off last week, conducted intensive video sessions and staged one-on-one meetings with his players. His methods worked wonders as Sunday’s victory over Arsenal, the first at home since April, moved Southampton out of the relegation zone.”You can be sure as long as I am manager that if I have the feeling one guy makes one step less, I will tell him. And when I tell him, I am sure he will immediately improve,” he said.Hasenhuttl rewarded his players with a day off this week and admitted it would be tough to change a winning side. “At the moment I am happy I found a first XI who showed me against Arsenal that it is possible they fit well together,” he said.”I am not in the situation that I’ll change everything because one or the other player is a little bit tired. That is not in my mind at the moment. I am glad I’ve found a first XI and to get in this team is not so easy because they put something in my account and showed me they are able to win.” last_img read more