Arcata >> There were two storms rolling through the Arcata Ball Park on Wednesday nightOne was Mother Nature.The other had to do with the boys from the Eureka side of the U.S. Highway 101 safety corridor.Paced by early offense off the bats of Jeff Giacomini and Kokko Figueiredo and seven quality innings from Ruben Rios Jr., the Humboldt B52s led start to finish in a 6-1 win over the Humboldt Crabs in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. “He was Ruben Rios,” B52s manager …
26 February 2014 Government spending on health care is expected to exceed R492-billion over the next three years as South Africa strengthens its health care system in preparation for the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Budget documents released on Wednesday show that national health spending will grow at a higher rate over the next few years, in line with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) vision of a cheaper health sector that works for all South Africans. Tabling his 2014 Budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the Department of Health’s white paper on the NHI and a financing paper by the National Treasury had been completed and were expected to be presented to the Cabinet shortly. The roll-out of the NHI is currently being financed by two conditional grants: the nationally managed national health grant, and the national health insurance grant, managed by the provinces. More than R221-million will be made available in the 2014 Budget for the national health insurance grant in order to strengthen district health structures in the country. Gordhan said that, in addition to hospital and clinic building and refurbishment programmes – for which over R19-billion has been earmarked – about R1.2-billion has been set aside for doctors’ contracts. More than R300-million will go towards the establishment of an office of Health Standards Compliance, which will serve as an independent public entity responsible for inspecting the country’s health facilities. About R600-million has been budgeted for the introduction of the new Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, which prevents cancer of the cervix. The roll-out of the vaccine will begin with Grade 4 learners in schools across the country next month. Gordhan said improvements in South Africa’s health system over the past five years were reflected in the country’s rising life expectancy, the reduction in infant, child and maternal mortality, as well as the increased access to free antiretroviral treatment for HIV. “Over the period ahead, enrolment in the HIV treatment programme will expand by 500 000 a year,” he noted. Currently, 2.5-million South Africans are receiving this treatment. This increase would require an addition of R1-billion to the health budget, the minister said. Since 2009, South Africa has lowered its child mortality rate by reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 3.5% to 2.5%. At the same time, a campaign to increase voluntary HIV testing, as well as the number of medical male circumcisions, has contributed to a reduction in the country’s adult mortality rate. Source: SAnews.gov.za
India might have been humiliated in the series opener at Lord’s but England pace spearhead James Anderson expects the wounded visitors to make a strong comeback in the second cricket Test between the two sides, starting Friday at Trent Bridge.The numero uno Test team in the world, India lost the first Test to England by a whopping 196 runs and Anderson said the home team would like to mantain the pressure on the Indians in the second game of the four-match series.”When you lose a Test, as a professional there’s a fire inside you. You don’t want that to happen again. I’m sure, India would comeback harder in the next game but we would do everything possible on Friday to be right on the money,” said Anderson, whose came up with a five-wicket haul in India’s second innings at Lord’s.And come Friday, Anderson is again expected to play a key role at Trent Bridge, where he boasts of an awesome record.”It generally swings here but you get into a game thinking it wouldn’t swing. If it does, it’s a bonus,” remarked the lanky right-arm pacer, who has 28 wickets from four Tests at this venue at a staggering average of 15.89, which includes four five-wicket and one 10-wicket hauls.As a matter of fact, Anderson also has the record of dismissing Sachin Tendulkar six times in Test matches -a feat no other bowler has managed in the last 22 years.”I don’t bowl any differently to him (Tendulkar). He is obviously a key wicket for us to get out but there are 10 other batsmen to be dismissed. “He is a sort of player who wouldn’t be thinking about it when he is batting next,” Anderson said.advertisementHowever, Anderson did not look menacing in India’s first innings at Lord’s before before he returned to his best with the five-wicket haul in the second essay.”I didn’t bowl well in the first, I bowled wide though the length was good. I knew if I could hold my length and get the line better in the second I could do some damage. “I was pleased that I could make the adjustment. It showed that I was in control,” he said.Anderson was pleased with the accuracy and control he has over his bowling and the kind of pressure England bowlers have managed to exert on the Indians from both ends at Lord’s.”It swung on the first day but in the second we created pressure without the ball doing a great deal. It reminded me of Australia,” he said.”You want to create pressure and stop the batsman from scoring but you can’t do that if the other guy is going for four at the other end. So, you got to work with the bowler at the other end and last two years we have done fantastically well.”The good thing with this England line-up is if we need somebody to step up, somebody is doing it. We continue to prepare well, practice well and improve both as an individual and as a team.”The 29-year-old pacer has 226 wickets from 60 Tests, and is presently 10th in the list of all-time top wicket-takers for England.”My effort over the last few years has been to be a consistent performer, work well in the nets, in the middle and it has started to pay off. I want to be even better and more consistent,” Anderson said.”As a bowler, you never know when the next injury is going to come. Simon Jones, for instance, was potentially a 300-wicket bowler but his career was shortened by injury. “I quite enjoy the responsibility of leading the attack, bowling the first over of the innings. I want to enjoy playing for England and whatever wickets I end up with, I would be delighted.”Anderson, though, was frustrated that a modified Decision Review System (DRS) is being used in the present series.”I personally think if we have the technology, we should use it. We used it in the past few series and we started to get used to it.”It’s frustrating but the pleasing thing is we still managed to go on with the job in hand. We can’t let it affect us,” he said.England, lately, have believed in rotating its’ players and despite having a splendid run, Anderson doesn’t mind it happening. “I don’t think (rotation) matters. We have used 6-7 bowlers in the last couple of years and we have a good unit, strength and depth. Tim Bresnan (in Australia) did a great job when he stepped in,” he said.advertisementEngland are now on the cusp of being the world number one Test team in the world but Anderson doesn’t want to think about it.
Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, is urging medical researchers to submit proposals to the National Health Fund (NHF) for grants. Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, is urging medical researchers to submit proposals to the National Health Fund (NHF) for grants.The National Health Fund (NHF) provides financial assistance to public- and private-sector organisations for projects that support primary healthcare with an emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention.“The National Health Fund (NHF) has continued to provide grants for medical research projects and has funded significant research, both in government and non-governmental organisations. I want to urge individuals and entities to submit their proposals to the NHF for consideration,” he urged.Dr. De La Haye was speaking at the opening ceremony for the 26th Annual Research Conference and Workshop on November 8 at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. The theme of the three-day conference is ‘Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Research, Opportunities and Challenges’.Noting that research is a priority area of the Ministry of Health, Dr. De La Haye said the data collected from this activity are used to guide health policy and programmes.The Ministry of Health is also actively involved in research through its annual research conference, slated to take place later this month.The conference, which is being held from November 8 to 10, will feature discussions on the medical, psychosocial, legal and economic impact of cannabis and cannabinoids.A session discussing Ethics in the Cannabis Industry was held on Sunday, November 5.Cannabinoids are a group of active compounds found in marijuana that give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties.Among the topics to be covered during the workshop are Cannabis Edibles, Cannabis and the Way Forward, and Cannabis and the Pharmaceutical/Neutraceutical Industry.Chair of the Planning Committee for the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Annual Research Conference and Workshop, Professor Paul Brown, told JIS News that since receiving its permit to begin research and development, the UWI has been progressing in its research on the herb and its medicinal effect as a pain-management drug in neurodegenerative diseases.“We are scratching the surface and getting into what we could be doing in this field. Jamaica is well placed to conduct proper clinical studies to move it from a class-one drug to at least a class two, which means there is demonstrated medicinal value that can be further exploited,” he said.Jamaica’s Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015 makes the possession of two ounces or less of ganja a non-arrestable but ticketable offence, attracting a fixed monetary penalty. It also allows for a scheme of licences, permits and other authorisations that enable the establishment of a lawful, regulated industry for ganja for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes.The 26th Annual Research Conference and Workshop is hosted by the UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences. Chair of the Planning Committee for the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Annual Research Conference and Workshop, Professor Paul Brown, told JIS News that since receiving its permit to begin research and development, the UWI has been progressing in its research on the herb and its medicinal effect as a pain-management drug in neurodegenerative diseases. “The National Health Fund (NHF) has continued to provide grants for medical research projects and has funded significant research, both in government and non-governmental organisations. I want to urge individuals and entities to submit their proposals to the NHF for consideration,” he urged. Story Highlights