The International Children Heart (ICHF) Foundation, also known as “Baby Heart” on Friday completed its sixth round of paediatric heart surgeries at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), with some 13 cases being attended to over the past two weeks.The team which comprises doctors from countries across the world visits the Georgetown Public Hospital for two weeks every two and a half months. On Friday, after completing some 13 surgeries, including those of congenital heart conditions, the team prepared to leave Guyana.Dr Rodrigo Soto, CEO of ICHFChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ICHF, Dr Rodrigo Soto took the opportunity to reach out to persons who may have a congenital heart disease to seek referrals to the GPHC, so that it could be corrected.“Baby Heart has been called for in many other countries in the region, including Venezuela, Brazil and other islands in the Caribbean, in which they want us to go and develop the programme like we are doing here. However, we do believe that we need to focus and use our resources and money to help us develop a centre of excellence for our patients.”He explained that there is no way that one can prevent congenital heart disease, since at least one per cent of babies will be born with the disease that may or may not require medical treatment.“Based on Guyana’s population and based on the birth rate, we know that every year, there will be between 60 and 70 patients that will need surgery in Guyana,” Dr Soto said.Dr Soto said the team has entered into collaboration with Government and the GPHC to have health officials at the institutions trained in this area. He said they are also seeking to establish a paediatric Intensive Care Unit, so that the local team at the hospital could ably take care of babies and children found to be in critical conditions. However, the programme will not only look after babies with heart diseases but take care of all critical paediatric patients.Local Paediatric Surgeon, Dr Marissa SeepersaudLocal Paediatric Surgeon, Dr Marissa Seepersaud said the team saw a number of cases this time around. The youngest patient was a 20-day-old baby and the oldest a 34-year-old, who had congenital heart disease.“This particular mission, we were able to do for the first time in Guyana surgery on a neonate. So we had the first neonatal open heart case done in Guyana,” adding that there are certainly a lot more in the pipeline for the hospital.Dr Seepersaud said the institution has seen the need for the development of paediatric cardiac care and in Guyana. According to her, Baby Heart is not only interested in helping to treat the patients but is seeking to prepare the way for the hospital to continue long after they leave.According to Dr Seepersaud, the unit has identified an area to have the expansion of the ICU. ICHF, she reported, has offered to fund 50 per cent of the infrastructure and 100 per cent of the equipment that is needed for the expansion. It is hoped that by the end of 2017, the ICU will be up and running. She said the ICU is very much needed at this time since the section is seeing an increasing amount of paediatric patients with many complexities. According to her, this means that they will have to spend longer periods in the ICU.So far the team, which began operation over a year and a half ago, has performed 117 procedures, including 84 open heart surgeries and 33 cardiac categorisations. The team returns later this year in December.During the five previous missions which commenced in April 2015, the Baby Heart team has been performing complex surgeries and providing training for local staff geared at preparing the hospital to perform same on its own.
…blatantly breaches FMA ActThe Public Infrastructure Ministry has been red-flagged by the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) in its latest report on public finances; this time, for keeping millions of dollars rather than returning it to the Consolidated Fund as the law says.According to Auditor General Deodat Sharma in his 2018 Audit Report, checks by his auditors found that the Ministry kept 222 cheques totalling $732.7 million on hand as of January 2019. Further cheques in September revealed that 76 cheques amounting to $9.5 million were still in the Ministry’s possession.This money, according to the Auditor General, represents unspent balances from the just-concluded year. Section 43 of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act of 2003 states: “Except as otherwise provided in this Act or in any other law, at the end of each fiscal year, any unexpended balance of public moneys issued out of the Consolidated Fund shall be returned and surrendered to the Consolidated Fund.”In its recommendations, the Audit Office recommended that the Ministry ensure compliance with the FMA Act. According to the Ministry in its response, however, all efforts were made to have them either paid to the rightful person or returned to the Consolidated Fund.“The head of the budget agency (Public Infrastructure Ministry) stated that the Ministry received a large number of cheques in December 2018 from the Ministry of Finance. The head further stated that the cheques were being updated and all efforts will be made to have them paid over to the payees or refunded to revenue,” the report stated.The Consolidated Fund has an important role to play in governance. Article 216 of the Constitution of Guyana states, “All revenues or other (sums of) money raised or received by Guyana (not being revenues or other sums of money payable by or under an Act of Parliament into some other fund established for any specific purpose; or that may, by or under such an Act, be retained by the authority that received them for the purpose of defraying the expenses of that authority) shall be paid into and form one Consolidated Fund.”Article 217 stipulates that money cannot be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund except: “(a) to meet expenditure that is charged upon the Fund by this Constitution or by any Act of Parliament; or (b) where the issue of those (sums of) money has been authorised by an Appropriation Act; or (c) where the issue of those (sums of) money has been authorised under Article 219.”Besides money not being returned to the Fund in the stipulated manner, Government has been red-flagged by the Auditor General’s office time and time again for not using the Consolidated Fund in a rightful manner.Over the past few years, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament under the leadership of Chairman and now People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Presidential Candidate Dr Irfaan Ali, has been reading the riot act to various agencies for similar infractions.After the Auditor General’s report for 2018 was handed over in October amid political uncertainty regarding sittings of the National Assembly, PAC members had urged that the parliamentary opposition’s absence from the house not be used as an excuse to duck the report.But with Parliament dissolved since December 30, 2019, in order to pave the way for elections on March 2, 2020, it is unclear when the Audit Report’s findings will be dealt with by a fully-constituted PAC.
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1 In Rome, Kevin Strootman is known as the ‘lavatrice’ – washing machine – a nickname born out of his immense talent in midfield.Confused? Allow his boss to explain…“We give him a bad ball and Kevin cleans it up,” his manager Rudi Garcia said.It’s not the catchiest nickname, but a huge compliment considering the players Strootman calls team-mates – Francesco Totti, Daniele de Rossi and Miralem Pjanic to name a few.And now the Netherlands international, a long term target of Man United, appears to be a step closer to moving to Old Trafford, with Dutch journalist Hugo Borst claiming Strootman has “shaken hands” on a deal to join his former national manager Louis van Gaal.Here, talkSPORT’s Expert Eye looks at what those closest to the 24-year-old say about him…Roma made a great deal, as this is a player of the very highest level– Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani, who admitted his club were tracking Strootman before his Roma switch, but could not afford himStrootman? He has the quality and vision on the pitch I was expecting– Roma manager Rudi Garcia was happy with his new signing in pre-season training last seasonToday we needed to win most of all, but we’ve also got a top quality player back in Kevin Strootman and that is great news– Francesco Totti hails the return of Strootman from injury in a 3-0 win against Torino in NovemberStrootman is the leader of the new generation, someone who can still further develop as captain. He regularly speaks up on the pitch, both at PSV and with Netherlands– Former Netherlands team-mate Dirk Kuyt hails Strootman after the midfielder captained the Dutch to a win against Andorra in 2012Strootman is a player who brings a balance to the entire team. I will have players like Rafael van der Vaart and [Wesley] Sneijder, of course, but no one will be able to replace Kevin– Man United manager and former Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal following the midfielder’s knee injury in March Man United transfer target Kevin Strootman
DDTV: St Patrick will make a surprise appearance at a major parade in Co Donegal today. Speaking on this exclusive video, he reveals which town will see the real him today.Click to play – and find out. DDTV WORLD EXCLUSIVE: ST PATRICK REVEALS WHERE HE WILL BE IN DONEGAL TODAY! was last modified: March 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV WORLD EXCLUSIVE: ST PATRICK REVEALS WHERE HE WILL BE IN DONEGAL TODAY!
moving on Lionel Messi has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus left him stunned.In a revealing interview, the Argentine superstar also claimed the Old Lady are now big favourites for this season’s Champions League, while Barcelona’s bitter rivals Madrid have been rendered significantly weaker by the switch. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST “Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world and they have a great squad [but] it’s evident that the absence of Ronaldo makes them less good,” Messi told Catalunya Radio.“And it makes Juventus [one of the] clear favourites to win the Champions League. IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon D’Or for the last decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED 2 targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Messi and Ronaldo will no longer face off in La Liga “It surprised me [when he left]. I didn’t imagine him leaving Madrid or joining Juventus. There were a lot of teams that wanted him. It surprised me, but he has gone to a very good team.”Messi has gone three seasons without winning the Champions League and believes winning Europe’s elite club competition again has to be Barcelona’s main goal this season. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST TRANSFER NEWS “It’s time [to win it again].“We have been knocked out in the quarterfinals in the last three seasons. Last season’s result in Rome hurt especially, but we have a spectacular squad and we can fight for it [this season].”
If you are shopping (or just walking!) around Letterkenny today, then there’s a very special visitor calling to O’Hehir’s Bakery and Café in the afternoon.We’ll give you a clue – he has a white beard and a red suit.Yep – Santa will be in O’Hehir’s to see what all children want and to check if they are being good. So why not take a break from all the present-buying and call into O’Hehirs for a cup of tea and something nice.It is Christmas afterall. O’HEHIR’S BAKERY AND CAFE TO WELCOME A VERY SPECIAL GUEST TODAY! was last modified: December 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:O’Hehir’s Bakery and CafeSANTA
… Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers OAKLAND — There was a time not too long ago when the Warriors were a novelty — something new and shocking to the NBA.The Dubs’ 2015 title was a surprise — not just to the rest of the league, but to the team as well. But after an offseason of hearing that they were a one-and-done fluke, they entered the 2015-16 regular season with something to prove.Related Articles
Kids from the Narsing Primary School in the township outside Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Obami) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barbara Mallinson Co-owner and director of Obami +27 (0)83 215 8112 RELATED ARTICLES • Safe social portal for scholars • Education rights affirmed • A winning open education system • Education goes mobile with VodacomLucille DavieThere’s nothing like a road trip to get you down and dirty with what’s happening on the ground in the far reaches of South Africa.And that’s exactly what Barbara Mallinson and her business partner and husband, Ennis Jones, did recently, when they went out to document the voices of teachers and pupils. They also used the trip to introduce their world-class social learning platform, Obami, to as many people as possible. “Of course we introduced schools to Obami when we could, but our primary goal was to hear what different people, from different parts of society, thought about education, the future and whether there was hope for South Africa,” says Mallinson.Obami, a Zulu word meaning “mine”, is a platform that brings pupils, teachers and parents together to connect and exchange ideas and provide school administrators with a comprehensive platform to make school management easy and effective.The platform is being used by some 300 schools in South Africa, and hundreds of schools across Africa, Europe and the United States. In 2011, it was voted among the top 10 innovative technologies in the world by Netexplo in partnership with Unesco, and in 2012, it was identified by Forbes in the top 20 African tech start-ups.Mallinson talks about what the pair gleaned from the road trip: “I think we both felt true sadness, desperation and frustration at times. We were humbled by the stories we heard. But throughout it all, we experienced hope. There’s an undeniable sense, across the entire country, that as a nation, we can pull together and conquer, no matter how big our crisis.”The trip took five weeks. They drove 7 500 kilometres in a motor home that doubled as an office, visiting 50 schools. “We had set out to seek sentiment on South African education, and came home with hope … that makes me happy.”They started in Cape Town where they are based, and drove along the coastal Garden Route, up into Eastern Cape, and then further up the coast to KwaZulu-Natal. From there, they went inland through Free State, and north to North West Province, turning eastwards to Mpumalunga, and north again to Limpopo, finally reaching the financial heart of the country, Johannesburg, in Gauteng, 52 days later.Mallinson and Jones filmed their trip, and produced a series of short documentaries to share the voices of those they met along the way. The principal video was released at an exclusive screening in Cape Town in mid-April. “The video, along with a web and mobile experience that features additional digital content, packs a punchy yet uplifting message to every South African looking to make a difference to education and indeed, the country’s future,” enthuses Mallinson.Free platformObami is a free platform for primary and secondary schools, and can be used by governing bodies, NGOs, small businesses, and “other passionate people”. It provides a powerful solution for schools to connect, create, share and learn. Educational resources can be shared while offering academic and personal development for everyone involved. And importantly, it protects the security and privacy of users. It also provides school administrators with cyber bullying and profanity monitoring tools to ensure high standards of communication are maintained.Mallinson and Jones recently had the platform rebuilt, in the process incorporating additional and more adjustable security controls. It can replicate communities that exist in a school, such as a science class or a rugby team. Users can upload, share, access and store content like newsletters, photographs and videos as PDFs, podcasts, polls and wikis.Communication can be conducted through Obami messages, SMS, email and instant messaging. Pupils sign up through their schools, which must be Obami-registered. Each pupil then gets a code and an invitation to join the network. This ensures that privacy is guaranteed. Whenever a child gets a friend request, the parent is immediately notified.Teachers and parentsTeachers use Obami to upload, create and share academic resources with their pupils, or to facilitate discussions and set assignments. This involves daily homework worksheets, projects, tests and even exams. Some teachers use Obami to connect their classes to others around the world.Parents use Obami to access school information through newsletters and messages. They can connect to their children’s teachers, so getting updates on their children’s performances or upcoming assignments.Mallinson says teachers have told them how much fun they have using Obami with their pupils. It has resulted in greater class participation and reduced absenteeism – and therefore better results. “Several of our township-based schools have told us how they’ve seen Obami improve basic numeracy and literacy too – the learners seem to make more of an effort because they find the technology so engaging,” says Mallinson.Maths and science are being taught through Obami, Afrikaans and English projects are set using the platform, and geography resources are shared.Mobile platformIt is being used in city and township schools, and in rural schools, where pupils may not have computers or internet access, but they do have mobile phones. They can download content, take part in courses created by teachers or companies, and exchange ideas. In far rural areas, where coverage is limited and data costs high, users can use Obami at a library or shop that has internet access. This allows for material to be printed out and distributed to classmates or teachers.“Obami’s mobile experience is about accessing content and communities quickly, or undertaking surveys and completing assignments, while on the go,” confirms Mallinson. Plans involve opening the Obami School, “a social learning space that hopes to spread equal education across South Africa and way beyond”.“We’ve got a lot to do, but already there’s great interest in making this a community for learners of any age to come and gain instruction, understanding, or enlightenment.”Obami employs five full-time employees in its Cape Town office, and one person in its United Kingdom office – and it is about to take on more people.
12 February 2015International technology company IBM will invest R700-million over the next 10 years to build a new Research Africa facility in downtown Johannesburg, the company announced at an IBM ThinkForum event at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 6 February.As part of a 10-year investment programme through the Department of Trade and Industry and working closely with the Department of Science and Technology, the new research facility will be based at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits).The lab will focus on advancing Big Data, cloud and mobile technologies to support South Africa’s national priorities, drive skills development and foster innovation-based economic growth, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said.IBM already has 12 labs across the world, including one in Kenya. The lab will be in Braamfontein’s new software hub, Tshimologong Precinct – home of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) that is a three-way partnership between government, academia and industry.IBM’s South Africa said its researchers would partner with local universities, research institutions, innovation centres, start-ups and government agencies to bolster “South Africa’s emerging innovation ecosystem” and help to develop next generation technology skills.The company has already struck up agreements with Wits University, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to collaborate on research programs and skills development.African innovationMinister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, who was at the launch, said international technology companies were beginning to appreciate the role that Africa would play in their own future and sustainability.“Africa’s drive and innovation will change the world,” she is quoted by technology website htxt.africa as saying. “For technology companies, Africa is a vast new market.”Pandor said this was the first time an international corporation had invested in R&D through BBBEE financial models.Pandor reportedly said she wanted the new facility to focus on promoting the role of women in science, and to take a role in ensuring more female graduates entered careers in technology. Part of the funding will be used to provide bursaries for students.World-class skills“IBM considers two factors when deciding where to place research labs: access to world- class skills and talent and the ability to work on pressing business and societal challenges that can be best addressed through advanced information technology,” said IBM’s Dr John Kelly in a statement.“South Africa provides an exciting backdrop as we look to expand our research efforts in the region. Our Africa-based researchers are part of a global community of IBM scientists who are forging the future of our company and ensuring that we remain at the forefront of scientific discovery.”Research teamThe South Africa research team will be led by Dr Solomon Assefa, formerly a research scientist at IBM’s flagship Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York.Assefa has co-authored more than 50 scientific articles and has 45 patents. He was named one of the World’s Top Young Innovators under 35 by MIT’s Technology Review in 2011 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Last year he was named a Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.“The development of a successful innovation ecosystem is crucial to the further development of the South African economy and the country’s international competitiveness,” said Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-chancellor and Principal.“IBM Research’s decision to locate in Braamfontein in Johannesburg will give a huge boost to a dynamic community of programmers, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and start-ups.”SAinfo reporter