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PJ Simon dethrones James Yap as PBA 3-point king

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—PJ Simon did just enough to be crowned the champion of the Three-Point Shootout in the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend Friday in Calasiao.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart ‘There are no cowards in La Salle’: Lady Spikers show title pedigree in bounce back win Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart “To be honest I never expected to be in this, I just want to thank God for lifting my name,” said Simon who also dethroned former teammate and now Rain or Shine shooting guard James Yap.“I’m in the twilight of my career and I was still given a chance to compete here.”Yap has two Three-Point Shootout titles under his belt but failed to defend his crown when he scored just 11 in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia’s veteran shooter finished with 17 points in the final round as the first shooter and had to watch NLEX’s Philip Paniamogan and NorthPort’s Robert Bolick take their turns before he could hoist the trophy.Paniamogan struggled from the floor shooting just 14 points but it was Bolick who gave Simon a run for his money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBolick made four of his first five shots in the last rack, one of which was worth two points, but bricked the last moneyball that could’ve given him the title but he had to settle for the runner-up finish with 16 points.Simon, 38, is in his 15th season in the PBA and he never expected to be invited for the exhibition.last_img read more

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Numerous complaints of mining lawlessness

first_imgDear Editor,I recently visited the Karrau Amerindian village, very close to the ‘green’ town of Bartica, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) where I was confronted with numerous complaints of mining lawlessness by persons who own mining properties on Karrau’s village lands. Village residents are highly concerned that their resources are being harvested out because ‘tributes’ of at least seven per cent are not being paid to the Village Council to assist in village development which is a total violation of the Amerindian Act 2006 (sec 51 (1)).What is even worse is that village residents employed by the big miners are not being paid for their services granted. Further, gold mining activities are taking place within the village’s proposed land extension areas which have extended onto titled village lands. The Village Council, and even the residents when they make complaints to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Bartica office, their complaints are most times ignored.No investigation being carried out to stop the lawless mining activities taking place on Karrau’s titled village lands. It must be noted that the big miners working on Karrau’s village lands are known to the GGMC Bartica office. This is highly suspicious. The village residents have not been paid by one of the big miners (an overseas resident) since the year 2015 and they are fed up with the Bartica mines office on the basis that their complaints are not being addressed. They are appealing to the Commissioner of the GGMC to assist with their problems of mining lawlessness taking place on their village lands and if not, they may have to take matters into their own hands. The intervention of the Commissioner of the GGMC is therefore urgently needed at the Karrau Amerindian village.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

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United down Watford at the death

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Memphis Depay celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Manchester United, at Vicarage Road, Watford, England, Saturday, November 21, 2015. PHOTO/AFPWATFORD, November 21- Watford captain Troy Deeney experienced the highs and lows of football in quick succession after his stoppage-time own-goal gave Manchester United a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Deeney had powered home an 87th-minute penalty after Marcos Rojo had brought down Odion Ighalo but was left with his head in his hands after deflecting Bastian Schweinsteiger’s effort into the home side’s net. Victory took United to the top of the English Premier League table, although cross-town rivals and previous leaders Manchester City were one of several teams who had the chance to leapfrog them in matches kicking-off later Saturday.This win also meant Louis van Gaal’s side extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.United had led early through Memphis Depay before Deeney’s goal ended a record of 10 hours and two minutes without conceding.In common with all Premier League matches this weekend, the French national anthem La Marseillaise was played prior to the kick-off following the Paris terror attacks of November 13.This was well observed although some United supporters sang “Ooh ah Cantona” to the tune, referencing their former French forward Eric Cantona.United manager van Gaal did not include any out and out forwards in his line-up, with Wayne Rooney absent through illness.That meant Dutch winger Depay led the line, with compatriot van Gaal looking on as his side dominated the opening exchanges.The visitors were ahead with just 11 minutes on the clock when Depay met an exquisite Ander Herrera cross to volley past Heurelho Gomes for his fifth goal of the season.Watford struggled to get out of their own half but United nearly gifted them a way back in with former Vicarage Road favourite Ashley Young, who had been given a good reception before kick-off, losing the ball to Etienne Capoue who in turn fed Ighalo. But the Nigerian took too much time and fired wide.– Early change –Van Gaal was forced into an early change as Herrera went off with a suspected hamstring injury to be replaced by Rojo, United switching to a back three in the process.The visitors continued to create chances with Morgan Schneiderlin volleying over wastefully while Deeney cleared on the line to keep out Schweinsteiger’s header.At the other end, Capoue powerfully struck over from the edge of the area but Depay came close to a second as Gomes saved well following his surging run and shot from 25 yards.United continued to attack at the start of the second half with Gomes saving to foil Jesse Lingard, while Schweinsteiger headed over from Juan Mata’s corner.David de Gea came to United’s rescue at the other end as he kept out Deeney’s piledriver from Ighalo’s header down.Watford started to get closer with Ighalo unable to get proper connection from Almen Abdi’s corner with Schweinsteiger making a crucial interception.Depay could have sealed the game for the visitors midway through the second half when his shot from the left went just wide after good work from Lingard and Mata.Watford were very much still in the game though and it needed another good stop by De Gea to push Abdi’s effort around the post.Deeney was then unable to direct his shot away from De Gea after Ighalo had a made a nuisance in the area, with Quique Sanchez Flores’s side taking a more direct approach.Lingard then missed a good chance to seal the win as he failed to chip Gomes but Watford looked to have earned a point when Rojo clipped the heels of Ighalo and, from the penalty, Deeney scored his third goal of the season.United, however, finished strongly with Gomes saving well from Chris Smalling following Andreas Pereira’s corner.But the former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper could do nothing about Deeney’s deflection from Schweingster’s effort after he had kept out Lingard’s original shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Walcott nets hat-trick as Arsenal crush Saints in FA Cup

first_img0Shares0000Theo walcott netted a hat-trick as Arsenal demolished Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.PHOTO/Team TalkLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Theo Walcott’s hat-trick helped Arsenal coast past Southampton 5-0 and into the FA Cup fifth round, with Danny Welbeck also scoring his first goals in eight months.Welbeck netted twice in just his fourth outing since a second bout of serious knee trouble, before Walcott stole a treble as the Gunners thumped the lacklustre EFL Cup finalists at St Mary’s. Welbeck’s double strike offered hope for a future resurgence, and the end to two years dogged by knee problems.The former Manchester United forward last troubled the scorers in Arsenal’s 1-0 Premier League win over Norwich on April 30. But on the south coast he appeared close to full throttle.Wenger watched Arsenal’s cakewalk from the directors’ box, serving the first of a four-match touchline ban for pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor during the frenzied 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend.The Gunners needed precious little direction in a tie they dominated from start to finish, with both sides making 10 changes to their starting line-ups.Arsenal’s second-string proved far superior, with 19-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles impressing from the base of midfield on just his fourth club start.Southampton exited the competition with scant resistance, with boss Claude Puel left to cling to their status as EFL Cup finalists.This was a far cry from Saints’ league cup semi-final heroics at Liverpool however, with Arsenal building steady pressure through composure in possession from the off.Welbeck’s classy double soon had the Gunners in total control, as the 26-year-old capped a fine training-ground move with a dinked finish for the opener.Lucas Perez dropped off to turn Maitland-Niles’ ball round the corner and set Welbeck away, and the former Manchester United man calmly did the rest.Saints had barely drawn breath when the Gunners doubled their lead, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s raking pass bisecting the Saints’ defence.Welbeck left Jack Stephens in his wake with another smart run, before rolling the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Harry Lewis, and safely home for the second. Stephens wound up wrapped around the post as his bid for an unlikely clearance ended in vain.Welbeck then turned provider for Arsenal’s third, exchanging passes with Perez before whipping in a low cross for Walcott to wriggle in front of Sam McQueen and flick home.Southampton only had themselves to blame for the opening, as Stephens’ blasted clearance cannoned off the stunned Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s midriff to gift the visitors yet more final-third possession.Arsenal had little need to send Alexis Sanchez into second-half action but did so nonetheless. And it was his accurate pull-back cross that let Walcott clip home his second and the visitors’ fourth goal.And when the Chilean rolled the ball into the unmarked Walcott’s path, the former Saints forward easily completed his hat-trick to make sure of the Gunners’ place in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Schurrle: Fabregas has taken Chelsea to the next level

first_img1 Cesc Fabregas is congratulated by Andre Schurrle Andre Schurrle believes Cesc Fabregas has taken Chelsea to the next level this season with his creative play from the heart of the Blues’ midfield.The former Arsenal playmaker set-up Diego Costa with an inch-perfect long-range pass for Chelsea’s second goal in the 2-0 home success over Arsenal.And now Germany World Cup winner Schurrle admits Fabregas’s showing against the Gunners highlighted how much he has improved Jose Mourinho’s team this term.“He’s amazing, the way he plays. He really improves our game from last year,” the 27-year-old said.“Every time he wants the ball, he keeps the ball. He plays very good passes and created the assist for second goal. We’re very happy to have him.“We really wanted this win, we were very confident from the start. We were mentally and physically strong and at the end it was a deserved win.”last_img read more

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Bozeman might return next week

first_imgCedric Bozeman, who missed UCLA’s last six games with a shoulder injury, is targeting a return to the court next week when the Bruins travel to Oregon and Oregon State. Bozeman began shooting and dribbling Tuesday, and said strengthening his left shoulder was the key to his return. “At halftime the doctor said I could go back in ‘but (Howland) was too worried. He didn’t want to take any risks,” Aboya said. “I really wanted to go back in.” However, all is not great for Aboya. An MRI revealed no new damage, but showed an arthritic condition, which likely will force Aboya to play to his pain-tolerance level much of his career. Aboya said the same thing happened when he was at the Tilton (N.H.) School, and Howland acknowledged the same thing can happen at any time. Also: Center Michael Fey said he expected to play because his ankle is feeling better. “I’m not going to miss this game,” said Fey, who played one minute against Washington. UCLA signee Marko Spica, who is from Serbia and Montenegro, did not get a qualifying score on his first attempt at the SATs and will take it again later this month. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re going to take this week (off) and see how the treatment goes, and then maybe play the Oregon game (Jan. 26),” Bozeman said. “We’re going to continue to do things during the week, and see how that goes, and hopefully, next week I’m going to try and make a comeback.” Bozeman was averaging 10.3 points and four rebounds in 11 games before suffering a labrum tear in his shoulder. He started each game and played every position but center. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Right now, strength-wise I have to get there,” Bozeman said. “My conditioning, I haven’t picked up a ball in three weeks. This was the first day I really had a chance to do something. As of right now it feels pretty good, but I haven’t done anything with contact.” There were discussions within the program about Bozeman sitting out the rest of the season and petitioning the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, but coach Ben Howland said that was not the best path. “I think it would be hard (to get a sixth year) because of the amount of games he played,” Howland said. “It’s possible, but I think his preference and choice is to try and come back and do it now.” Aboya can play: Bruins freshman power forward/center Alfred Aboya practiced and is expected to play tonight against USC despite missing the second half of Saturday’s loss to Washington with a right knee injury. In fact, Aboya was cleared to re-enter the game against Washington, but Howland held him out. last_img read more

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Kraus to debut in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffROSEVILLE – Derek Kraus is set to make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Nov. 9, as he competes in the Bill McAnally Racing No. 19 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra in the Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.Kraus has just completed his second full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. While finishing fourth in the championship standings, Kraus topped the series this season in terms of wins, with four, and poles, with five. He also led the most laps of competition. Overall, he registered eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 14 races.In his two seasons of competition in the K&N West, Kraus has five wins, six poles, 17 top-five finishes, and 20 top-10 finishes in 28 starts. He won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in 2017.Kraus also ran select events in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2017 and 2018, garnering two pole awards, along with four top-five finishes, in seven starts.Kraus began his racing career as a 7-year-old competing in the Wisconsin State Go Kart Series in 2008. Success in karting led him to move up to the Midwest Bandolero Series, where he won championships in 2013 and 2014. He followed that up with a championship in the Midwest Truck Series in 2015. In addition, he also won rookie titles that year in the American Ethanol Super Truck Series and at State Park Speedway in Wausau.He raced super late models in 2016, taking the runner-up spot in the Super Late Model championship points at State Park Speedway for the season and also finishing second in the Yellow River Race Series at Marshfield Super Speedway in Marshfield.In addition, he finished fourth that year in season championship points and second in the rookie standings in the ARCA Midwest Tour Series. He became the youngest driver to win an ARCA Midwest Tour Series race, breaking a 25-year-old record set by Matt Kenseth.Ty Joiner, a veteran leader with the BMR team, will serve as the crew chief at Phoenix. John Camilleri, who was the crew chief this year in the K&N West, will serve as the truck chief.The Phoenix race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 and will be carried live on MRN radio.last_img read more

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South Africa protects its oceans

first_imgThe Southern Rockhopper penguin, found abundantly on the Prince Edward Islands. (Image: Kevin Schafer, NHPA) Looking very small from a distance, the Prince Edward Islands are an important ecological asset. (Image: Elephant seals breed on the islands. (Image: Sanap) The islands are home to a sizeable proportion of the earth’s King penguin population. (Image: Sanap)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa has proclaimed a vast new marine protected area, spanning 180 000 square kilometres, around the Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean. This has paved the way for increased conservation and protection of vulnerable species such as albatrosses, penguins, seals, and orcas.Minister of Environmental Affairs Marthinus van Schalkwyk gazetted the proposal in early May 2009. This followed a five-year planning process during which the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) worked closely with the local chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to establish the framework for the valuable area.The proclamation will come into force after the required 60-day gazetting period.The new preserve, roughly the size of the state of Oklahoma, is to be known as the Prince Edward Islands Marine Protected Area, and will be South Africa’s 21st marine preserve. With only the marine preserves around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Great Barrier Reef, and the Pacific Ocean’s Phoenix Islands exceeding it in size, it will be the fourth largest ocean preserve on earth.The new preserve will also be South Africa’s first offshore protected area. Dr Deon Nel of the WWF Sanlam Living Waters partnership described this development as historic. “All of South Africa’s current marine protected areas are located very close inshore. The commitment of the first large offshore protected area moves South Africa into a new era of marine conservation.”South African financial services group Sanlam is one of the programme’s major sponsors.WWF International director-general Jim Leape praised the South African government for its far-sighted decision. “South Africa has made a globally significant commitment to our oceans through its intention to declare this large marine protected area,” he said.Protecting the watersAccording to Deat’s marine and coastal management division, South Africa has already placed 18% of its 3 000km-long coastline under official protection. This means that activities such as fishing and diving are strictly regulated. These restrictions are in line with a decree issued at the 2003 World Parks Congress held in Durban, which stipulated that coastal countries must have at least 20% of their coastal area under protection by 2015.Deat shares joint responsibility of South Africa’s marine protected areas with the South African National Parks and Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, that province’s conservation body.One of the most significant aims of the new development will be a reduction in ecological damage caused by irresponsible fisheries, which are a serious threat to sea birds as well as fish. Fishing will be banned outright within a 22.2km protected area around the Prince Edward Islands, and other activities will be strictly controlled and monitored.However, Deat will allow limited fishing in three of four additional restricted areas. This is solely for the purpose of scientific monitoring of populations of certain species of fish.Research stationThe Prince Edward Islands are a small group of two volcanic islands – Marion Island and Prince Edward Island – situated off the south-eastern coast of South Africa, about 1 770km away from Port Elizabeth.Politically, they are part of South Africa, which claimed Marion Island in 1947 and Prince Edward Island in 1948. The claims were carried out by crewmen from the frigate HMSAS Transvaal. The annexation became official later in 1948 when Gideon Brand van Zyl, governor-general of the Union of South Africa at the time, signed the Prince Edward Islands Act 43 of 1948 into law.The islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Cape Town magistrate’s court and are part of ward 55, the electoral district that encompasses Cape Town’s port.South Africa runs a meteorological and biological research station on Marion Island, which is overseen by the National Antarctic Programme.Biodiversity hotspotThe islands are a recognised biodiversity hotspot and breeding ground for a spectacular array of marine birds and mammals, such as leopard seals, skuas, and cormorants. Mysterious creatures such as the 14m long Colossal Squid, which has never been caught alive, have also been sighted in their waters.The islands are home to four penguin species, which happily establish their rookeries on the tranquil, if rugged beaches. There are substantial populations of King and Macaroni penguins (450 000 and 750 000 respectively), as well as 5% of all the Southern Rockhopper penguins on earth, and 0.5% of Gentoo penguins.The Southern Rockhopper species is endangered, while Macaroni penguins are vulnerable and Gentoos are near threatened. The King penguin is not currently under threat.Other birds found on the islands include five species of albatross, namely the Wandering, Grey Headed, Indian Yellow-nosed, Dark-mantled and Light-mantled Sooty varieties. All are in varying degrees of danger. In addition, 14 species of petrels make their home here.Three species of seal choose to breed on the Prince Edward Islands. These are the southern elephant seal and the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic fur seal. None of the three species are in any way endangered at the moment.Threat to sealifeIn the past, illegal and irresponsible fishing has posed a serious threat to the ecological stability of the Prince Edward Islands. One of the area’s most valuable assets is the presence of the Patagonian toothfish, highly favoured as a delicacy in the US, where it is known as “Chilean sea bass”, as well as in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Japan.Marine sustainability watchdog Seafood Watch lists the fish as one of those that ecologically responsible consumers should avoid. According to WWF, illegal fishing vessels in the waters around the islands have taken a heavy toll on the Patagonian toothfish population.A tragic consequence of the illegal toothfish industry is that large numbers of seabirds, especially albatross species, get hooked in the nets or on the longlines while catching their food, and drown. And according to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, the pirate fishers use dynamite to remove sperm whales and orcas that come to feed.The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition also reports that, where protected marine areas have been proclaimed, the size of fish populations has increased both within their borders and in the surrounding waters. With the imminent establishment of the 22.2km protected zone, it is hoped that the same will apply to the vulnerable Patagonian toothfish and other species such as orcas, long-finned pilot whales, sperm whales, humpback whales and southern right whales.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at articlesLooking out for SA’s sea lifeSaving albatross, on sea and landBoulders penguins’ promised landUseful linksMarine and coastal management – Department of Environment and TourismWorld Wide Fund for NatureSouth African National Antarctic ProgrammePrince Edward Islands Act 43 of 1948Antarctic and Southern Ocean CoalitionIUCN marine programmeProtect Planet OceanPenguin Worldlast_img read more

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South Africa pushes solar geysers

first_imgSpeaking at the Solar Water Heating Conference in Johannesburg last week, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said South Africa and the rest of the continent had long under-exploited the power of the sun. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While renewable energy was more expensive, Peters said that the government had made big strides in developing Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs (Refit) to incentivise the industry. “We are now in a situation where tough choices have to be made regarding our energy,” Peters said. State power company Eskom has also offered incentives to pursuade households to turn to solar power. She said that South Africa had in the past relied heavily on coal and oil, which used to come cheaply, and as a result other energy forms were not explored. The South African government has introduced a draft framework aimed at ensuring the installation of a million solar-powered geysers in households and commercial buildings in South Africa over the next five years. Solar water heating 9 November 2009 “Investments in renewable energy in Africa remain a challenge,” she said, adding however, that she was confident that the five-year target would be met. “I think the target is easily achievable. We want to save people money.” Peters said the continent lagged behind in implementation of solar water heating mainly due to the high costs involved. According to Peters, a typical residential solar water heating system reduces the need for conventional water heating by about two-fifths. She said renewable energy technologies would help to mitigate climate change, and could also help create up to 100 000 new jobs in the country.last_img read more

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New unit to address HIV, mental illness

first_img17 September 2012 The Lufuno Neuropsychiatric Centre was launched at Tara Hospital in Johannesburg last week to widen the range of care given to patients living with HIV/Aids and mental illness. Patients at Lufuno – which means “love” in TshiVenda – will be given comprehensive care for the management and treatment of HIV and Aids, as well as an integrated outpatient neuropsychiatry service for clients with both mental illness and HIV. Deputy Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa said that until recently not enough attention had been paid to the issue of the concomitance of mental disorders and HIV. She said the tide was slowly turning as research was being done to understand the phenomenon. Ramokgopa also noted that as the disease load increased, so too did the burden of mental disorders. She was optimistic that the new centre at Tara would go a long way towards helping the country formulate a response to this challenge.‘Centre of excellence’ “We look forward to Tara Hospital as a centre of excellence for mental illnesses and a unit like Lufuno to find solutions for society to not only to deal with clinical matters, but also public outcomes … we need to assure the public that together, we are capable of dealing with things,” Ramokgopa said. Ramokgopa also called on experts to work closely with society to find solutions for the treatment of mental stress. She urged the hospital’s staff to not only work to understand individual patients, but to partner with institutions like the Human Sciences Research Council to broaden the research scope. She also challenged researchers to do more work to understand the impact of the concomitance of HIV and mental disorders. “We need to ensure that research is on-going and knowledge is flowing. We don’t want to base services on situations that are [dated]. We need evidence-based medicine to be practised. “This facility provides us with a possibility of getting to the bottom of the cause of stress and vulnerability to mental illness in South Africa.”Providing an integrated service Tara Hospital chief executive officer, Florence Otiano, said the Lufuno clinic was a unique opportunity to help the hospital become a centre of excellence, providing an integrated service to the very vulnerable population on the one hand, and on the other, training for health professionals and specialists conducting research in the field of neuropsychiatry. “This is an unexplored area in South Africa that will be contributing to evidence based medicine in this field. HIV and Aids has brought a whole suffering to humankind,” Otiano said. “As more people live longer with HIV, the mental illness associated with will increase and this needs to be addressed.” Mafika Mkwanazi, chairperson of Transnet – which is one of the sponsors of the centre – said the centre will play a vital role in the treatment of HIV. “It will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of many patients. One of the motivating factors in supporting this initiative is that it forms an integral part of the governance of the HIV/Aids and STI strategic plan for South Africa. “The primary aim is to reduce the number of new HIV infections. This will go a long way towards achieving these goals,” said Mkwanazi. Source: read more

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