VIDEO: Andre Ayew misses penalty before scoring a belter in Championships play-offs

first_imgBlack Stars forward, Andre Ayew missed a penalty before going on to score a wonderful half volley in the first leg of the Championship play-off against Brentford.The 1-0 victory handed Swansea the advantage in the semi final first leg with the return fixture set for Wednesday.The Black Stars captain had earlier missed a penalty for the Swans as the Welsh side looked to take an important lead into the second leg.Ayew‘s last 4 goals had all been penalties – his 18th goal of the season for Swansea was the first from open play in 13 appearances.With the game seemingly heading to a stalemate Ayew pounced on some great build-up play from Gallagher and Fulton to fire home a magnificent winner. His effort was beautifully hit on the half-volley and flew into the back of the net.The 30-year-old could have had two goals in the game but missed a penalty in the 64th minute after his shot was superbly blocked by Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.The winner of Wednesday’s semi final tie between Swansea and Brentford over two legs will face the winner of Fulham and for a place in the Premier League next season.last_img read more

DeSantis Says Children’s Illness is “Extremely Rare”

first_imgHowever, Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville confirmed on Thursday that it had two patients with cases of MIS-C.Additionally, 12 patients in the Jacksonville area who have been treated at Wolfson since mid-April who are now suspected to have had the illness.South Florida has had another six cases, with five patients still hospitalized. One patient who was being treated at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami was discharged last Friday.MIS-C is most common among school-age children. Patients who meet the definition of the syndrome must be under 21 and have a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, have a clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization and must test positive for a novel coronavirus infection, or have been exposed to it within the four weeks ahead of the symptoms’ onset.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published information on May 15 on its website, after the illness emerged in New York. As of Friday, New York health officials said they were investigating 161 reported MIS-C cases in their state. There have also been three deaths.UPDATED: Local Children Diagnosed with Illness Possibly Linked to COVID-19 Gov. Ron DeSantis late last week called a childhood illness that has been tied to COVID-19 “extremely rare,” despite reports of at least eight confirmed cases in our state.He added that parents can decide whether they believe their children are at risk.“I think it’s something parents should consider. It is extremely rare,” DeSantis said Friday of the illness known as “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children,” or MIS-C.DeSantis made the comments during a news conference in which he announced that coronavirus-related restrictions on youth activities have been lifted for the summer. However, he deferred questions about MIS-C to Bonnie White, a pediatrician who appeared at the news conference.“It’s my understanding that we haven’t seen any cases, that Wolfson (Children’s Hospital) is monitoring seven kids for symptoms of it, but as of yesterday they haven’t had any cases,” White said.last_img read more

Cinderella season for Junior Bombers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsAt the beginning of the season LVR coach Val Gibson wondered if the Bombers would ever win a game.The squad did more than just snap out of a losing streak.LVR completed the Cinderella run by defeating Grand Forks Wolves 31-23 in the final to claim the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Basketball Championship last week at the J. Lloyd Crowe gym in Trail.“It was an incredible high to end the season,” said Gibson after the surprising victory.LVR entered the tournament ranked third. And it didn’t look good for the Bombers playing the top-ranked Wolves.But Gibson employed a zone press picked up from former coach Lorne Wuori that totally frustrated the Wolves, allowing LVR to build a 23-7 first half lead.“Defence always wins games,” Gibson exclaimed.“The Wolves fought their way back in again the Bomber’s more inexperienced players, but the LVR team would not give up,” Gibson added.The Big Three for LVR, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr led the way with eight and six points, respectively.Kyley Mirva added five for LVR.LVR opened the tournament by stopping Stanley Humphries Rockers 42-19. Roch scored 12 points to pace LVR while Mirva and Carr each had 10.The win advanced the Bombers to the semi final where LVR held off a pesky Rossland Royals team to win 38-31.The teams combined for 40 fouls in the tough, hard-fought game. Carr had a breakout game with 16 points while Parker had nine.OVERTIME: The Big Three, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr, were busy last week. Not only did the trio pace LVR to the Junior title, but the three players also traveled to Grand Forks Friday to help the Senior Bombers at the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Zone Basketball Tournament. Parker, Roch and Carr were all in the lineup for LVR against Prince Charles Comets, helping the Bombers to an easy [email protected]last_img read more

Universal healthcare for SA?

first_imgCommuters on their way home from workat the Noord Street taxi rank inJohannesburg. Under the National HealthInsurance system every South Africanwould have access to quality healthcareservices.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Fidel HadebeMedia Liaison and Public InformationDepartment of HealthTel: +27 12 312 0663Mobile: +27 79 517 3333• Charity BhenguMinisterial Media LiaisonDepartment of HealthMobile: +27 79 087 2438• Ina van der LindeHSRC Media LiaisonTel: +27 82 331 0614• Allim Milazi Discovery Media RelationsTel: 27 11 529 2048USEFUL LINKS• ANC sticks to its guns on health plan – Mail & Guardian• Secret health plan raises temperatures – Business Times• ANC recommits to free education,universal healthcare – Polity.org.za• Department of Health• Human Sciences Research Council• Discovery HealthRELATED ARTICLESHealthcare in South AfricaBooster for child health in SAAn open solution to healthcareSouth Africa’s miracle health trainNew laws to cure health costsSamson MulugetaThe South African government is planning the rollout of universal health coverage in the country, in line with the Bill of Rights provision that “everyone has the right to have access to healthcare services, including reproductive healthcare”.The ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), first discussed the idea at its 52nd national conference in Polokwane, Limpopo province, in December 2007.There it called for the “implementation of a national health insurance (NHI) to further strengthen the public healthcare system and ensure adequate provision of funding”.The proposal received strong support among the ANC’s partners, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party, and became one of the dominant themes of the party’s 2009 election campaign.After the ANC won the April elections with 65.9% of the vote, President Jacob Zuma formally announced the introduction of a countrywide health insurance scheme with plans to rehabilitate public hospitals through public-private partnerships.But the idea of a national health insurance scheme, particularly its cost, has sparked debate among all the parties involved, including private healthcare companies, healthcare workers, labour unions and politicians.At the moment in South Africa the private health sector spends about R66-billion (US$8.4-billion) to service about 7-million people, while the rest of the population depends on R59-billion ($7.5-billion) spent through the often stretched and under-resourced public health sector.FundingAt an estimated cost of R100-billion ($13-billion) a year, the NHI scheme would be compulsory for all South Africans to join. It would be funded by a levy or tax deducted from the salaries of those in the formal sector and by the state for the unemployed.Deputy Minister of Health Molefi Sefularo has said that “under the NHI every South African will benefit from quality healthcare services”.“The scheme will be funded partly by compulsory contributions by all persons who are earning an income – and partly by tax.“All these funds will be placed in a single pool. This pool will be available to fund all healthcare in the public and private sector.”A sector in crisisAn ANC task team led by Olive Shisana, head of the Human Sciences Research Council, has been working on the NHI proposal for more than a year. In an interview with Business Times on 5 June 2009 Shisana said the proposal was on track to be developed into a policy document and draft legislation.In addition to the principal problem of a healthcare system that does not adequately provide for the majority of the country’s citizens, the team has identified further issues plaguing the sector.These include deteriorating infrastructure, incompetency and inefficiency, inflated prices and excessive administrative expenses.“Services delivered based on need rather than on ability to pay” is the task team’s mandate.“To achieve a universal, comprehensive, free national healthcare system, founded on the primary healthcare approach, requires a well-funded and well resourced funded public health system,” Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu’s general secretary, told delegates at a South African Medical Association conference on 7 June 2009.“Apartheid had a fundamental impact on people’s health and the organisation of the health system in South Africa. That legacy, despite many achievements in our healthcare system, continues to this day.”Vavi added: “South Africa has enough resources to provide healthcare for everyone; what is required is the redistribution of these resources, from the minority of the population to the majority.”Dr Jonathan Broomberg, head of strategy and risk management at health insurer Discovery Health, said the NHI proposal is “a potentially a huge reform, and the government owes the people of this country and all stakeholders a serious and rigorous debate”.In an SAfm radio interview on 10 June 2009 Broomberg said he was worried that the private sector was seen as a problem instead of a big part of the solution.“I think what you see underneath this, which is also worrying, is the sense from some people that the private healthcare system is part of the problem, whereas in fact what this is, is an asset in this society.“You have world-class expertise in managing hospitals, great doctors and specialists, world-class pharmaceutical companies, world-class health fund managers and risk managers – and these are all assets that could be put to work in the public interest.”NHI criticismLike the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa’s official opposition party, believes that “drastic improvement” is required to improve healthcare delivery – but the agreement ends there.“Reform of our health system must aim at correcting the failures in public health and spreading wider the successes in private health,” DA leader Helen Zille said in her weekly newsletter on 19 June 2009, published on the party’s website.“The DA takes a different approach based on the simple aim of finding the most just, efficient and economic system of providing every single South African with decent healthcare. We do not want revolutionary change. We just want to fix what is broken and to extend what is working well.“There could be a requirement that, in order to stay registered, private doctors would have to work a certain number of hours in the public sector each year,” the DA stated. “There could be more private wards in public hospitals, to the benefit of both sectors and their patients.”A critic of the planned NHI is Alex van den Heever, a health economist who has fought several battles over health system policy since 1994.In an interview with Business Times on 6 June 2009 he expressed grave misgivings over the lack of consultation in the early “research” phase of the plan.He also said the plan is “unworkable, unaffordable and uses the wrong institutional models”. He believes there will be a “backlash of unparalleled proportions”.In reaction to this criticism, ANC spokesperson Jesse Duarte said in a statement on 8 June 2009 that the party “has noted with concern media reports attempting to deflect public attention away from the crucial work of the NHI task team”.“We will transform healthcare in South Africa and will not be deterred by narrow interest groups and individuals bent on undermining the introduction of NHI before its work is made public,” she added.A draft bill on the NHI, which will combine the public and private health sectors, is expected in Parliament by December 2009.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 9, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant changes to our weather outlook this morning for the state. We are allowing for a few more instances of scattered showers, and we are taking out any concern about a tropical influence next week, but otherwise, our talking points are very similar to yesterday.Another dry, sunny day today expected statewide. Temps will be similar to yesterday, but perhaps a couple degrees warmer. Humidity levels should stay lower today. Sun is back for tomorrow too. We cant rule out a few scattered showers in far northeast Ohio, but otherwise the state turns out at least partly sunny, and in west/southwest parts of the state, we should be mostly sunny.  Showers arrive overnight tomorrow night and bring rain totals of .1”-.6”  for Thursday with coverage at 90% of Ohio.Friday turns out partly to mostly sunny and we stay sunny into the weekend, through at east Saturday. On Sunday, most of the state continues to be see at least a mix of clouds and sun, but we are seeing a few scattered showers trying to nose in over central parts of Ohio, mostly south of US 30, but but not drifting too far south of I-70.   These showers are not expected to spread much, and will hang around through most of the day in the same general areas. They will also have only minimal moisture…no more than a few hundredths to .2″, but still, it is keeping us from waving the “all clear” flag for the finish to the weekend.Monday increase statewide, and that will lead to some scattered showers for Monday evening and overnight, with rain totals up to .25” but only 40% coverage. The best chances will be in northern and northeastern parts of the state. Then we turn sunny and dry again for Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday to finish our 10 day forecast window. The map at right is an updated look at 10 day rain totals through next Thursday.Showers and thunderstorms will be around for Friday the 19th as a frontal boundary sags across Ohio from north to south. Combined rain totals from that event will be from .25” to .75” with coverage at 90%. However, that is really our only well-organized batch of rain for the entire 11-16 day period. We are sunny and dry for Saturday the 20th through Wednesday the 24th.Temps over the next 10 days remain near normal with a skew toward slightly above normal this weekend and next week. As we mentioned yesterday, as humidity builds, we have to leave the door open to temps feeling much warmer than normal, but we think overall, this is pretty close to what one would expect for mid-July. We still see no reason that this should not be anything but beneficial to most of the crops across the state but will not be surprised to hear some thoughts about “needing a rain” in areas that miss out on action in the coming 10 days.last_img read more

On the Occasion of My 4th Anniversary

first_imgIt was four years ago today that I decided to start writing and posting here daily.I had watched and studied (and shamelessly stole from) Chris Brogan, who wrote and posted daily at www.chrisbrogan.com (I am proud to call Chris a friend, and he’s been a great teacher). I also studied Seth Godin, who sometimes posted more than once a day. I made the decision to join them, and December 28th was the day I began.I have posted her every day with the exception of 10 days in August of 2010. During those 10 days I traveled to Lhasa, Tibet and visited Base Camp 1 on Mt. Everest. I thought it would be poor form to blog while I should be taking in the experience. If I had it to do over again, I would have just written about the experience in real time.When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was supposed to do here. I was concerned that people would judge me for what I had written, and I worried about other people’s perceptions. But when I started writing on the 28th, I decided to write without any concern about what others think, choosing instead to believe that the people who needed the idea I wrote about would find it when they needed it–and the people who didn’t need it would skip past it without a second thought.I also believed when I started that my best work would be the work people valued most. It hasn’t worked out the way. Oftentimes, the work I believed would be most valuable doesn’t get a second glance and the work I believed to be a “too simple” idea have proven to have legs.Over the past four years, I have been graciously invited into the community of salespeople, sales organization, sales trainers, sales coaches, and sales consultants. I was invited into a small tribe when there were only 8 or 9 of us who decided we were stronger together than apart. The people who had invited me into the tribe are gone, but some of us remain, and we have now grown the tribe to just over 40 people who think and write about sales.Some people have struggled to understand why we promote each other’s work when we work in the same space. They view this as helping our “competitors.” We don’t view it that way. We see it has helping each other, and we see it as helping point the communities we serve at good content.I’ve also been invited into a community of fellow entrepreneurs, speakers, marketing types, and all-around hustlers who have built their own platforms. You can find some people in that community over at www.ownermag.com.A few years into the adventure that is my writing life, I had one consultant call me to criticize me for sharing my ideas. He used very direct language and attacked me for not understanding how intellectual property works. He said by giving away my ideas, no one had any reason to hire me. He criticized me for providing a link to my archives, believing it was wrong to help people find what they needed without being able to charge them for it. Then he asked me how I was getting so much work. I failed in my attempt to explain to him just how much the world has changed.The opportunities that have to come to be through my writing life over the last four years have taken me across the country and around a good part of the world. I’ve made friends in every corner of the earth. I’ve also had the privilege to speak to and consult with companies that measure their revenue in tens of millions of dollars to tens of billions of dollars.I have had the great pleasure of helping thousands of individual salespeople, hundreds of sales managers, and dozens of sales organizations–none of which would have been possible without this blog and the ability to share here.There are only a few things that have had such a positive impact on my life. That list includes my mother (who raised four kids alone while launching her own entrepreneurial adventure, and for whom I have the deepest respect), my wife, and my three children. I’ve been fortunate enough to add many more relationships to this list through this blog.Thanks for being here with me!last_img read more

Touch Shorts

first_imgIn this edition, read about how to nominate for the 2012 Colley Reserve Five-A-Side Championships, all the latest from the 2011/2012 State League competition and the South Australia Heat National Touch League (NTL) fundraising events. To view the newsletter, please click on the attachment below.  Related Filestfsa_newsletter_jan_2012-pdflast_img

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: 2-goal Hazard just like Messi, Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: 2-goal Hazard just like Messi, Ronaldoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has likened Eden Hazard to Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Hazard scored twice for victory at Watford.Sarri said, “Of course he’s very important for us but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Ronaldo is important for Juventus. “He’s a great player, he’s able to play in every position. At the moment he’s playing as a false nine and he’s able to play there.”He scored two and made two or three good assists. He’s very able to open spaces for his team-mates. He can play very well in every position.” last_img read more

ESPN Mistakes Devin Booker For Arrested Notre Dame DB Devin Butler

first_imgESPN accidentally uses Devin Booker photo on Notre Dame report.ESPN.ESPN’s SportsCenter made quite an error in their broadcast of Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler’s arrest last night.First, Butler was arrested yesterday on preliminary felony charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting arrest. Then, when reporting the arrest on Saturday night’s SportsCenter, ESPN managed to confuse Butler with Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker. They very clearly selected the wrong photo for the broadcast.The hiccup definitely didn’t go unnoticed by viewers. Social media lit up, calling out the station for the [email protected] whoops. @DevinBook pic.twitter.com/sHKYdf1ybT— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016When they realized the mistake, SportsCenter issued an apology. Anchor Zuban Memento read the statement after the commercial break.You can watch it below:@DevinBook @espn @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/uAJAgVOWF4— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016The transcription of his apology is below:“We are back on SportsCenter, and an apology we’d like to make. When reporting on a story earlier this hour on Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, we accidentally used a photo of the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. We all here at SportsCenter do sincerely apologize for that mistake.”Butler has since been indefinitely suspended by Notre Dame’s football program.last_img read more

I feel for families says Inuk woman who questioned liver transplant policy

first_imgTORONTO – An Inuk woman with acute liver failure spoke of her sadness that Canadians are dying due to rules that prevent some from receiving organ transplants, as she gave an emotional news conference Tuesday from her hospital bed.The visibly exhausted Delilah Saunders, 26, expressed concerns that while she appears to be recovering, others with alcohol-related liver disease often aren’t allowed to go on a waiting list for transplants that will keep them alive.“I’m really feeling for the families who have lost loved ones due to these policies, due to small technicalities and things that could have saved so many lives,” she said at the University Health Network hospital in Toronto, where she was transferred earlier this week from Ottawa.Saunders’ struggle has drawn support from Amnesty International and Aboriginal groups, as friends and family of the advocate for Indigenous women learned of a rule in Ontario that requires people with alcohol-related liver disease to have abstained from drinking for six months before being eligible for a transplant.Saunders’ family has said she was told she wouldn’t be eligible due to the Ontario rule, and they have argued it’s a policy that discriminates against Indigenous citizens, the poor and other marginalized groups, while being based on shaky science.Transplant doctors have cited evidence that some alcoholics return to drinking after a transplant of the organ, and the transplant may not succeed as a result. They say this poses ethical issues for clinics who have other recipients in need of the donated organ.As the issue unfolded and vigils were held, offers from Canadians to provide the young woman from Labrador with part of their liver through the living donor program flowed in, and the young woman said it had been “beautiful and encouraging.”With relatives nearby, Saunders spoke of living through auditory illusions, struggling to sleep and a roller-coaster ride of emotions as she struggled to regain her health.Now, she is urging all Canadians to get out and register to donate organs, so that the shortage of livers won’t drive policy-making.Data from 2015, which are the most recent available, show that 127 people in Ontario died on a waiting list for an organ. Meanwhile, so far this year, 377 people whose organs could have been used didn’t register and their families declined to consent.Her call for more organ donations was echoed by Ronnie Gavsie, the chief executive of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s organ donation agency.“The way we’re going to win here is if all of us, everyone of us who are 16 years of age or older, register consent at beadonor.ca. It takes less than two minutes,” Gavsie said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Monday.Gavsie also said the donor agency wants to accelerate a pilot project that waives a six-month sobriety requirement for drinkers seeking liver transplants.“Our goal is to start it as early as possible, which means accelerate the planning of the pilot and the resources required to support it,” she said.However, the executive said the pilot program still needs to hire people at the transplant centres and for the program.A spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Health said the department expects to receive a business case for the pilot program from Trillium by February. “After receiving the business case, the ministry will be able to assess funding required to proceed,” wrote David Jensen in an email.Meanwhile, the debate over whether there is enough evidence to simply waive the abstinence requirement is continuing.Debra Selkirk, whose husband died of liver failure in 2010, led a two-year court battle over the abstinence policy that led to the introduction of the pilot project.She argues there is enough evidence to end the abstinence rule, citing an analysis completed at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 of 54 studies over 22 years suggesting the relapse rate of a return to heavy alcohol use was 2.5 per cent.However, Dr. Nazia Selzner, transplant liver specialist in the multi-organ transplant program at the University Health Network, said in an interview there is a wide variation in the rate of relapsing to alcoholism after a transplant.She said studies vary between 10 per cent of patients relapsing up to “as high as 90 per cent,” with one of the issues being that many of the studies don’t have a clear enough definition of what constitutes a relapse into drinking.She also noted a long-term study published in 2010 in the American Journal of Transplantation that found 20 per cent of the 208 patients with alcohol-related liver disease studied over a number of years relapsed into heavy drinking.Saunders said she plans to remain in hospital for the time being, as she continues to recover.“I’m not completely out of the woods after this. The staff here have been amazing. Same as Ottawa General (hospital),” she said.“It’s unfortunate there are policies that could have found me in a different fate. My next step is to see a hepatologist and see what damage has been done for the long term.”— By Michael Tutton in Halifax. Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected version of the story. An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that the study found two in five patients relapsed into heavy drinking, rather than 20 per cent.last_img read more