The decomposed body of a cane harvester was fished out of a canal in the cane field in Berbice, Region Six. The man’s slippers were found a short distance away.Dead is 65-year-old Hukumchand Inshanally also called “Oil” and “Sugrim” of Lot 43 Persaud Street, Rose Hall Town, Corentyne.Dead: Hukumchand InshanallyHe reportedly left home for work on Friday last but never returned.According to his wife Neerpati Inshanally, her husband was expected home at about 13:00h on Friday last. She said that at about 14:00h, she asked her son to enquire from one of his colleagues if he had left work to go home. According to the grieving widow, her son returned and informed her that he was informed that his father was not seen at work on Friday last. The widow explained that she became worried and went to one of her husband’s close friend’s home and he too said that he had not seen Inshanally.“The foreman said he shared work to him the morning and they leave the backdam like 01:30 to 02:00 so he suppose to be home by that time. Is then I tell him that ‘Oil’ ain’t come home,” the woman related.She said that his supervisor then explained to her that Inshanally was placed in a new group to work so his regular colleagues might not have noticed him during the day.The grieving wife said Inshanally would normally walk home from the cane field which is situated at Hampshire, Berbice, instead of waiting on the lorry.This newspaper was told that Inshanally might have made his way out of the field and took a wrong track, which took him to a field with young cane where there was no bridge to cross.The corners of the canal there are extremely deep after mud was removed to build the dam.On Sunday, as family members were still searching for the missing man, someone saw a body floating in a canal in the cane field.Neerpati told this publication that when she enquired from officials at the Albion Estate, she was told that the estate had to investigate the matter.Meanwhile, the police are also investigating.
Guyanese makeup artist Lolita Callender, popularly known as “Lola Doll”, was on Tuesday found guilty of assaulting her former friend during a fight.When the matter was called in the courtroom of Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty, who was conducting the trial, she stated that sufficient evidence was found against the make-up artist.Callender, after hearing the verdict, apologised for her actions but the victim was not present in court.The Magistrate instructed the defendant to apologise to the victim on the next court appearance which is slated for January 17, 2020, for sentencing.The Magistrate deferred sentencing as she wanted to benefit from a probation report on Callendar’s character.Callendar, 28, of Lot 231 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, had pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on April 6, 2018, at Leopold Street, Georgetown, she caused grievous bodily harm to Onika Pompey.She is presently out on bail and will return to court on January 17, 2020, for sentencing.It was reported that on the day in question, Callendar and Pompey had a misunderstanding which led to a scuffle that resulted in Pompey receiving lacerations about her body including several bites.Callendar was recently released from prison after being sentenced to six months behind bars in the British Virgin Islands for falsifying her HIV test in June 2019.According to information received, in April last, the woman had a male take an HIV test under the name “Lolita Callendar”.When the individual went to collect the results, he was in the company of the actual Lolita Callendar. At this point, the duo, upon collecting the results, informed the staff that they needed the “Male” to be replaced with “Female.”This caused the staffers at the medical institute to call in the police and Callendar was arrested, charged and found guilty of the offence.
Real Madrid have signed Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez on loan.The Mexico hitman will spend the season at the Bernabeu, with the La Liga side having the option to buy the forward permanently next summer.The 26-year-old scored 59 goals in 154 appearances for the Red Devils, following his 2010 switch from Guadalajara.While a favourite with the Old Trafford faithful ‘Chicharito’ has found his first-team opportunities limited in recent seasons and has decided to further his career in the Spanish capital. Javier Hernandez in action for Manchester United 1
There are just six students attending the offshore Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille on Toraigh – but there is no shortage of achievements among the school community.Students from the Donegal ETB school have won an impressive mix of awards in recent months, showing their top-class language skills and creativity in various competitions.In July three of students won prizes in creative writing competitions run by Aonach Tailteann, a Gaeltacht competition run between Donegal and Conamara. Aimee Nic Láifreartaigh won first in the short story under 16; William O Ruanaidh came second and Pádraig Ó Dubhgáin came third in the same competition. William also came first in the Poetry competition under 16 with his poem ‘An Fharraige’Aimee Nic Láifeartaigh from Tory won first prize in the Irish language section of a National Transkation Comp organised by ITIA.In September, Aimee Nic Láifreartaigh won first place in a National Translation Competition for Secondary Schools run by ITIA (Irish translators and Interpreters Association). Aimee translated a passage from Irish into English and came first in the Irish translation section, although she was only in first year at the time she did the translation. This was a standout achievement as all other sections were won by Transition or Senior Cycle students.William Ó Ruanaidh and Padraig ó DubhgáinLast week William Ó Ruanaidh came first in the Poetry (under 16) competition run as part of An tOireachtas, and Pádraig Ó Dubhgáin came second in the short story competition (under 16).Príomhoide Máire Clár Nic Mhathúna said these were all ‘great achievements’ for the students of Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille.Tory Island pupils prove they are top class! was last modified: November 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Coláiste Phobail CholmcilletoraighTory Island
ButSome of Uganda’s Athletes competing at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships (Agency Photo)Like it was the case in 2017, Uganda are once again making a statement at the IAAF World Cross country championships.Back then, in the global event held at Kololo, Kampala, team Uganda finished third in the medal standings having gathered 3 medals (2 Bronze and 1 Gold).At this year’s edition held in Aarhus, Denmark, the team has already matched that tally.However, there is no Gold so far as they have so far managed one Silver and two Bronze medals.The Silver has come in the Junior Men’s category (8km) which was won by Ethiopia, with Kenya finishing third.The Bronze medals have come via Oscar Chelimo’s third place finish in the Junior Men’s race while the other, in the Senior Women’s race where Rachael Chebet narrowly missed out on the medal herself as she finished fourth.Uganda still has a chance to eclipse 2017’s tally of medals with the senior Men’s race yet to be ran.The senior Men’s team features the likes of Joshua Cheptegei and teenage sensation Jacob Kiplimo who will surely attract the most attention.In 2017, Kiplimo won the Junior Men’s race in a time of 22:40 minutes, beating the likes of Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn and Kenya’s Richard kimunyan.Uganda sent out its biggest contingent ever to World Cross-country Championships of 27 athletes with a view of improving on past performance.At the look of things currently, the team has so far done justice to the faith placed in them.The Senior Men’s race happens in a few hours.How some the individual athletes have so far performed:Junior Men’s Race.-Oscar Chelimo – 3rd-Hosea Kiplangat – 6th-Samuel Kibet – 9th-Mathew Chekwurui – 14thSenior Women Race.-Rachael Chebet – 4th-Peruth Chemutai – 5th-Juliet Chekwel – 13th-Esther Chebet – 14thComments Tags: 2019 World Cross Country ChampionshipsJacob KiplimoJoshua CheptegeiOscar Chelimo
1 March 2013 Researchers from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Medical Research Council have developed a low-cost Doppler ultrasound device, known as Umbiflow, which will improve primary health care services for pregnant women. Doppler ultrasound equipment is an important tool used worldwide to determine foetal health and the intention with Umbiflow is to increase its impact. Using sound waves, it measures blood flow in the umbilical cord to determine if a foetus is small for gestational age (SGA) and sick, which usually occurs if the placenta is not providing enough blood flow to maintain the foetus on the standard growth curve. In the public health care system, women usually only undergo blood flow measurement using ultrasound technology if a pregnancy is considered high risk, and then only through a referral to a secondary health care provider or specialist. Now a group of researchers have taken conventional, and expensive, ultrasound technology and customised it in such a way that more pregnant women in South Africa can benefit from it. Jeremy Wallis, manager of the sensor science and technology competence area at the CSIR, says Umbiflow makes it possible to perform umbilical blood flow assessments at primary health care clinics, removing the need to always refer patients to specialists.Improving antenatal care Conventional ultrasound units are out of reach for the majority of primary care facilities in the country as they can only be operated by specialists, and have historically cost anything between R200 000 (US$22 500) and R1.5-million ($169 000). The new low-cost device is an ideal solution for ensuring that highly specialised technology is made available to every South African woman. Currently primary health care practitioners make use of tape measures to determine fundal height, measured from the mother’s pubic bone to the top of the uterus, to see if a foetus is SGA. Wallis says this technique can correctly identify SGA foetuses – typically 10 in every 100 cases – but the method can’t differentiate if a foetus is SGA yet healthy, or SGA and sick. “Umbiflow can do this,” he says. The technological intervention can also help the Department of Health meet its priorities to decrease child mortality (South Africa is 164th out of 220 countries); and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. An article in ScienceScope, a publication of the CSIR, suggests that the mortality rate of sick-SGA foetuses can be reduced by about 38%, compared to a health care system that does not have access to Doppler ultrasound.‘Universal access to reproductive health care’ The benefits of Umbiflow can also help to meet Millennium Development Goals, in particular to reduce the mortality rate of children under five by two-thirds by 2015 and achieve universal access to reproductive health care. Wallis says Umbiflow will improve the quality and efficiency of ante-natal care by lowering the costs associated with Doppler measurements, and reducing the need to refer patients. By ensuring that every clinic has an Umbiflow device, patient loads at secondary level will be reduced. “With a typical provincial hospital doing several thousand such Doppler measurements per year, there is room for significantly reducing this figure for those cases linked specifically to the SGA condition,” he explains. He says a large number of pregnant women referred to secondary care for a Doppler ultrasound measurements are actually referred back to primary level for continued antenatal care, as many patients are found to have healthy-SGA foetuses. Umbiflow aims to reduce this number of referrals. “It could save the public healthcare system a lot of money, and increase the comfort of patients,” he says. If such equipment is available at clinics, it will reduce the inconvenience of referrals such as booking days off work, arranging costly transport and waiting in queues. Wallis says the benefits of Doppler measurements are well documented. According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, there is a 44% reduction in hospital admissions, 20% less induced labour and the number of caesarean sections for foetal distress declines by 52%.Technology made accessible The device has been tested widely on thousands of patients, and the results show Umbiflow is as accurate as conventional, more expensive Doppler ultrasound equipment. But unlike conventional equipment, the Umbiflow doesn’t require a specialist to operate it and interpret the results. The device can easily be used by nursing sisters, midwives and general practitioners in mobile, rural and low-resource primary health care settings. “The technology is accessible and this is what makes it great,” Wallis says, and operators require very little training compared to, for instance, an imaging ultrasound. The handheld transducer plugs into a USB port, and the entire device is powered off a notebook laptop or a windows tablet. Results are generated in real time, displayed on a screen and printed immediately using a small printer connected to the notebook. The graph displaying the results is divided into three sections – green, yellow and red – with each colour determining the type of action required. Green indicates good blood flow with no cause for concern, but foetuses that fall within the red zone will be referred to secondary health care providers. The Umbiflow logs all results using cloud computing principles and 3G Internet connectivity. Wallis explains that this is important as it allows the developers to pick up any problems with the machine, such as quality or operator error. Wallis says there is a market for Umbiflow beyond the public healthcare system in South Africa, such as mobile midwives who travel to patients. “In Holland a third of all births are at home and that country has a huge contingent of mobile midwives, so there is a market for it in first world countries too,” he says. In South Africa and worldwide the device can also be used by general practitioners who are based in small towns. The development team hopes to commercialise the technology in the next two years. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi believes Mumconnect gives women power, to sustain their health and the health of their babies. (Image: Daniel Lobo) • Marcha Neethling Head of operations Praekelt Foundation +27 11 482 8684 email@example.com • Mandela: a champion for women’s rights • Healthcare in South Africa • Mandela: champion of public health • Taking the risk out of giving birth • Ambulances just for pregnant womenAneshree NaidooThe best tech innovations are those that change the most number of lives for the better, simply, quickly and with minimal barriers to use.This Women’s Month, the South African Department of Health released such an application, devoted to improving the health of women and children across the country.The application is deceptively simple: an SMS service providing pregnant women with text message information and advice on having a healthy and safe pregnancy, MomConnect also provides a complaint or compliment channel for users to let the department know which of its clinics are underperforming.Text messaging, or SMS, is still popular in the country and reaches the majority of the mobile phone-using population as smartphone penetration is slow as a result of prohibitive data costs.The service comes at an opportune time as the country’s maternal mortality rate has been increasing, with a 2013 report from Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health showing that “South Africa’s maternal mortality ratio for 2010 was 300 per 100 000 live births.”According to local newspaper, Business Day, “Maternal deaths in South Africa are caused by three main factors, with HIV and AIDS contributing up to 50% of the deaths, followed by hypertension and obstetric haemorrhage.” The service alerts users as to when to take tests to catch these life-threatening complications. MomConnect logisticsThe service requires women to register in their 13th week (about three months in) of pregnancy; the department has so far trained 10 300 healthcare workers to help women across the country to do so. Women who want to use the service can also dial *134*550 to register on the National Department of Health Pregnancy Registry.Speaking at the launch in Gauteng, health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said: “In the coming weeks, every health facility in the country will have at least one person who is trained and whose job it will be to assist and register pregnant women.”Motsoaledi said the messages will advise the women on what to do at any stage of their pregnancy and also encourage women to start antenatal care at an early stage.“We will say mom, since you registered with us you are now 13 weeks pregnant. This is what you must do, this is where you must go and this is what you must avoid.” Information provided will include advice on when to visit the antenatal clinic; and when to test for hypertension, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other pregnancy-related conditions.The service continues for a year after the child’s birth, providing post-natal care and childcare information.“Even after the birth of the baby, we will continue to send the messages for the period of one year. The messages will include advice on the baby, this is what you must do, this is what the baby must get (vaccines),” Motsoaledi explained.Momconnect is also a quality control application. “In a particular period, we will be able to know from here in Pretoria that in the past six months that most of the messages that are bad were coming from a particular clinic. …We will know something is happening at that clinic because many pregnant women are complaining.”Motsoaledi added that the service would empower women. “We are giving women power, power to sustain their pregnancies, to sustain their health, and to sustain the health of their newborn babies.”The project will be funded for the next two years by partners including the US government through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programme, with R59-million, and Johnson & Johnson and ELMA Philanthropies, which contributed R5-million each. South Africa will only start funding the project from its fiscus from 2016 onwards.The country’s four telecommunications operators: Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom, are also doing their bit to shoulder the financial burden on the department, with a 50% discount on the text messages sent to the women.So far the service is available in six languages. It will soon be available in the country’s 11 official languages. Pregnant mothers welcome the initiativePregnant women and health workers at the KT Motubatse Clinic, where the system was launched, have welcomed the initiative, saying it will save their lives and their babies.Patricia Mokese, who has already registered, said the service will provide useful reminders for busy women and ease fears during pregnancy: “We have lot on our mind at home and work, and sometimes we forget to go to the clinics on time. The project will help us especially when something you don’t understand happens to you during the pregnancy. We can send a message for assistance.” Mokese is expecting her second child.Sister Innocentia Hlongwane, who works at the mother and child ward in the clinic, said MomConnect will help women book their appointments early and provide them with information ahead of time.“We can get early bookings for antenatal care. It will also reduce the risk of the maternal rate and help us as health workers because they will already know the warning signs if there is an emergency,” she said. There are 65 women already registered on the service at the clinic.The service includes reminders on taking medication. South Africa’s primary healthcare for women and childrenSouth Africa’s public health system was revolutionised to include free public healthcare for pregnant women and for children up to the age of six while Nelson Mandela was in office. The system includes access to reproductive health care, free contraception and abortion. Recent additions include a new matchstick-sized contraceptive implant, available for free to all South African women, regardless of whether they use private or public healthcare. The implant, under the brand name Implanon, provides protection from pregnancy for three years and was made available from clinics across the country in June 2014. Fertility is revived immediately upon removal of the implant, when a woman decides she wants to start a family.The improvements to South Africa’s public healthcare are in line with reaching the fourth and fifth United Nations Health Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health respectively. An information technology win for South AfricaMomConnect was developed through collaboration between the Praekelt Foundation, MAMA, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, and the Department of Health.Praekelt uses open source mobile technology to improve the lives of people living in poverty, while MAMA uses mobile technology to improve the health of mothers in developing nations. MomConnect runs on Praekelt’s open source, cloud-based platform, Vumi.The two organisations have previously worked with the University of the Witwatersrand’s Reproductive Health and HIV Institute and antenatal information provider BabyCenter to produce askmama.mobi, a mobile pregnancy information portal, and the MAMA Mxit portal. These projects were upscaled to produce MomConnect.Praekelt Foundation’s technology works with Jembi Health Systems, which houses the official pregnancy registration information at the National Department of Health.
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