University of Birmingham hosts medical professionals in Dubai to finalise international surgical guidelines

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The guidelines are designed to produce evidence-based recommendations that can be applied across range of surgical settings covering pre-operative preparation, in-theatre interventions to reduce risk of surgical site infectionUniversity of Birmingham research experts gathered medical professionals from around the world in Dubai to finalise international surgical guidelines that will help to save thousands of lives in low and middle-income countries (LMIC).The National Institute for Health Research Global Health Research Unit on global surgery (NIHR GHRU) gathered experts to finalise International Guidelines on Surgical Site Infection – essential guidance that will help standardise and improve practice in surgery.Surgical professionals travelled to Dubai from Mexico, India, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Benin, Zambia, Philippines and Pakistan.The guidelines are designed to produce clear evidence-based recommendations that can be applied across a range of surgical settings covering pre-operative preparation and in-theatre interventions to reduce the risk of surgical site infection. The guidance will be published later this year in a leading medical research journal.Professor Dion Morton, Barling Chair of Surgery at the University’s Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, and Co-director of the NIHR GHRU, commented: “There is a critical need to improve worldwide surgical care, through growing capacity, quality and innovation we can transform patient lives. High-quality research and training are crucial to building sustainable surgical infrastructure and improving care in LMICs. Our aim is to improve surgical outcomes through collaborative research and training in these countries. These new guidelines will help change surgical practice and improve patient care around the world – saving thousands of lives and helping to reduce the massive loss to the world economy that would result from failing to improve surgical care.”The meeting followed a University of Birmingham-led conference in Kigali, Rwanda, November last year, where experts came up with 31 evidence-based recommendations identified from existing high-income country surgical site infection guidelines.This initial list was reduced and revised down to 19 recommendations, which were put to an online vote by LMIC surgeons. Participants voted based on whether each recommendations was appropriate to their setting, current practice and whether implementation would be easy or difficult.Conference participants in Dubai reviewed results of the online voting and decided which of the 19 recommendations were accepted into the final guidelines – classifying each as ‘essential’ (a reasonable expectation for all hospitals worldwide) or ‘desirable’.Launched with partners from LMICs, Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick, the NIHR GHRU is establishing hubs and/or trial centres in partner countries that perform their own clinical research relevant to local populations, whilst serving global needs.The Unit is based at the University of Birmingham and co-directed by Professor Dion Morton, Barling Chair of Surgery and Professor Peter Brocklehurst, Director, Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit.Partners in the Unit have also formed a policy and implementation consortium to work with professional associations, NGOs and government organisations across the world, including the World Health Organisation. This Consortium will use the results from the research generated by the Unit as a tool to inform changes in clinical practise and provide evidence to drive policy changes across the globe. By EH News Bureau on June 19, 2019 University of Birmingham hosts medical professionals in Dubai to finalise international surgical guidelines MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Dubaiinternational surgical guidelineslow- and middle-income countriesThe National Institute for Health Research Global Health Research UnitUniversities of Edinburgh and WarwickUniversity of BirminghamWorld Health Organisation Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Add Commentlast_img read more

Second-half surge gives Bobcats win

first_imgBy Ronnie HughesThe Orange LeaderNEWTON — A stellar performance by the Newton Eagles in the first half would be overshadowed by an Orangefield Bobcats’ offensive showcase.The Bobcats defense stiffened up in the second half as well as the Bobcats went on to down the Eagles for the second straight season, this time winning on the road 24-21. Newton received the opening kick at their 33 that ignited a left-to-right offensive attack in which they averaged eight yards a carry. Jaron Hanks scored on the seventh play of the drive off the right side with an 8-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good and Newton led, 6-0 early with 8:58 remaining.The Bobcats, however, would go right to work as well. They’d march 66 yards in nine plays to take a 7-6 lead with a Christopher McGee 8-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Matthew Watkins shackled the Eagles with 164 yards rushing and one touchdown in the win.Orangefield will host Houston-Worthing next week for homecoming. The Eagles will travel to West Orange-Stark as the Mustangs seek revenge after losing to Newton last season. The Bobcats (3-2) churned out 315 yards of total offense.Newton (1-3) rang up 361 yards, most of it coming in the first 24 minutes.The Bobcats also cleaned up some of the errors that seemed to haunt them the past few weeks with just one turnover and just 2 penalties for 25 yards.“I told them coming into the game if we don’t turn the ball over we have the chance to be a good team,” said Bobcats head coach Josh Smalley. “We’re definitely going to enjoy this moment, but it’s gonna be right back to work to prepare for next week.”last_img read more

Elon Coleman

first_imgElon Coleman, 47, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 with her family by her side. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Elon grew up in Beaumont Texas and graduated from West Brook High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lamar University and was employed as a Counselor with the Bannum Facility. She also was a teacher in the Port Arthur School District. Elon is preceded in death by her father Tommy Lee Coleman and grandmother Lena Victoria Pier Duncan.She is survived by her two sons, Randy Coleman and Troy Benjamin; one daughter Kelly Coleman; husband Clarence Edwards; her mother Peggy Pier; one brother Randy Pier (Kim); her grandfather, Elzis Duncan; grandchildren, Gabby, Piere, Randie, Carson, and Richard; her aunt Martini Henry (Robert); uncles, Glenn, William, Toby Jean, Elliott and Eric Neil Duncan; nieces, Raign and Ranijah Pier, Chole and Paris; nephews, Tyran Pier, Job Charles Pier and Caleb Charles Pier; two special cousins, Darin and Admiral Guidry; and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church with visitation from 8 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

Michael Ibe Ends Akwa United Romance, Seals Jordan move

first_imgFormer Abia Warriors playmaker, Michael Ibe has joined Jordan Division 1 Club, Al-Karmel SC after spending three years with Nigeria’s 2017 Aiteo Cup Champions, Akwa United.Ibe is the fifth player leaving the Promise Keepers after the 2018 Nigeria Profesional League season for action in foreign leagues after the likes of Gabriel Okechukwu, Ariwachukwu Emmanuel, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, and Ezekiel Bassey joined Wydad Casablanca, Al-Hilal Omdurman,  Es Setif, and Al-Masry Sc respectively.The deal will see the 23-year-old spend two years at the Municipal Stadium outfit in Irbid.During his last stint at Akwa, Michael Ibe was awarded Player of the Month in March by Dana Air after recording the club’s first hattrick at the continent in a 3-3 draw against Al-hilal of Sudan in a CAF Confederations Cup fixture.  The U23 Nigeria International will also be remembered for his last competitive goal in Nigeria during Akwa’s 2018 Aiteo Cup quarterfinal encounter against Enugu Rangers where he scored a stunning free kick.Al-Karmel SC will expect Ibe to make an immediate impact whenever he makes his debut as they kickstart their 2018/2019 season on the 11th of February against Al-Yarmouk. Relatedlast_img read more

The Collegiate StarLeague announces $175,000 in schorlarships

first_imgThe Collegiate StarLeague (CSL) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with $175,000 (£135,000) in scholarship prizes and more games.The CSL started in the spring of 2009 with 25 schools competing in StarCraft: Brood War. Through the years, the collegiate league featured many games and different formats. In the 2018-2019 season, the collegiate league is adapting to the recent trends and including the battle royale genre in the competition.Nine games are featured in the CSL with different pool prizes. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ($30,000), League of Legends ($10,000), Dota 2 ($30,000), Super Smash Bros. Melee ($15,000), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ($15,000), and Madden NFL 19 ($10,000) continue to be part of the league. Rocket League ($10,000) and Fortnite ($40,000) are the two new additions to the competition. To celebrate the anniversary, the CSL is bringing back StarCraft II ($5,000) into the mix.Games like CS: GO and Dota 2 will include two divisions, Varsity, and Junior Varsity. The CSL is creating more opportunities for the teams taking part in the Riot’s College League of Legends season. Those competing in Fortnite must do it in duos, and the CSL is opening multiple competitions through the year. Madden NFL will host two separate competitions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.In ten years, the CSL went from hosting 25 schools to a strong presence in 1,600 campuses across the United States. Tens of thousands of students are entering the competitions every year for a chance to win a scholarship.Registration for the different events started on September 1 and will end on October 6.Esports Insider says: Collegiate esports are important, not only are they a platform for new talent but also a great way to promote esports as a whole. Esports scholarships are a reality across North America, now young people can aspire to pursue a college education without giving up esports.  Join our Discord Server!last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane: Players deserve credit for unbeaten run

first_img “The players have to be congratulated. They’re the ones out on the pitch, it’s them who run, fight and dig in,” said Zidane.  08/12/2016 Zinedine Zidane says it’s his players who deserve the praise for Real Madrid’s 34-game unbeaten run, equalling the club’s all-time record set in 1988-89.  CET Madrid can make it 35 games if they avoid defeat against Deportivo de la Coruna on Saturday night. “We also have to thank the fans, who always get behind the team and support us. They’ve got to take some credit for what the team is achieving.center_img “I don’t think it’s very important for me to leave my mark. What interests me the most is to continue with this great run that we’re on. The idea is to continue because we are doing the right things, but there’s a long way to go.” Upd. at 14:04 Both sides have identical records of 25 wins and nine draws. Sport ENlast_img read more

Saints take show on road, play games in Nelson, Beaver Valley

first_imgIn addition to Nelson and Beaver Valley, a total of 14 of the 21 players on the roster have significant KIJHL experience as former members of the Castlegar Rebels and Creston Valley Thunder Cats. With the top talent in Junior B making the jump to college hockey, one-time rivals are now friends.“It’s one of the great aspects of hockey at this level,” says Heaven. “These guys have competed against each other pretty intensely in the past and then all of a sudden they are sitting beside each other in the dressing room. Now they are competing with each other and are good friends, that’s the beauty about the game of hockey.”The Saints have always mined the region’s best and provided an opportunity for young athletes to pursue their educational goals while continuing to play the game they love.One of the student-athletes who began his post-secondary journey at Selkirk College is Dallas Calvin, a junior hockey standout with the Nitehawks who helped lead the Saints to a league championship during his rookie season in 2016. After three years with the Saints, Calvin transferred to Vancouver Island University at the start of this season where he is completing his degree and currently leading the BCIHL in scoring.“It’s always a little bit weird to see these guys in a different jersey and coach against them,” says Heaven, who will also watch former Saints Alex Milligan, Tyler Kerner and Jordan Rauser suit up in a Mariners’ jersey over the weekend. “But for these men who get an opportunity to go on and finish their degree, it’s obviously a great situation for them and a great accomplishment for our program. These players have had an impact on that program and are an important part of their success, but when they come here and we play against them… we want to win. We can have some laughs, a hug and handshake when the game is over, but when we are at the rink it will be intense and fiery.”After a slow start to the 2018-2019 campaign, the Saints (4-3-0-3) have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last four where they have earned seven of eight points. This weekend’s set against the Mariners (6-4-0-1) will be an important test to end the first semester of play. Heaven says it’s the perfect opportunity for hockey fans in both Beaver Valley and Nelson to check out college hockey at its best.“It’s high pace and intensity in this league,” says Heaven, who also has KIJHL coaching experience with both the Castlegar Rebels and Creston Valley Thunder Cats. “Both of these teams are very highly skilled, so there should be a lot of really good quality hockey. It will be an enjoyable game to watch and hopefully after this weekend even more hockey fans will come watch this team play in Castlegar when we return home for the second half of the season.”The puck drops both Saturday (December 1) in Beaver Valley and Sunday (December 2) in Nelson at 7 p.m. The Selkirk College Saints are spreading their wings across the region this coming weekend for a pair of games in Beaver Valley and Nelson as the team eyes a strong finish to the first half of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.With a strong contingent of former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) alumni on this year’s roster, the game on Saturday night at the Beaver Valley Arena and Sunday night at Nelson & District Recreation Complex will be a sort of homecoming when they take on the Vancouver Island University Mariners.“The success we have had as a team over the last few years owes a lot to places like Beaver Valley, Nelson and the other communities in our region,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “It’s a good opportunity to show our brand of hockey to the areas that have helped us produce such a good program.”This year’s Saints’ squad includes six former Beaver Valley Nitehawks with Dylan Heppler, Tallon Kramer, Tyler Hartman Devin Nemes, Nolan Percival and Kadrian Klimchuk all making the jump to post-secondary hockey after suiting up for the perennial KIJHL powerhouse. Both Percival and defenceman Cole Arcuri grew up playing Nelson Minor Hockey and also started their junior careers with the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs.last_img read more

Wisconsin deputy kills 6 before he is fatally shot

first_imgThree of the victims were students at the small town’s high school, and three were recent graduates, a school official said. The gunman may have graduated from the same high school. Peterson was not working at the time of the shooting, Sheriff Keith Van Cleve said. The survivor was in critical condition Sunday night at a hospital in nearby Marshfield, according to a nursing supervisor. A Crandon police officer who fired back was treated for minor injuries and released. Gary Bradley, mayor of the city of about 2,000, said earlier Sunday that a sniper killed the suspect, but Van Cleve would not confirm that officers shot the suspect. Peterson was killed Sunday afternoon eight miles north of Crandon in the rural town of Argonne, Dennee said. By Robert Imrie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CRANDON, Wis. – An off-duty sheriff’s deputy went on a shooting rampage early Sunday at a home where seven young people had gathered for pizza and movies, killing six and critically injuring the other before authorities fatally shot him, officials said. The gunman, Tyler Peterson, was 20 years old and worked full-time as a Forest County deputy sheriff and part-time as a Crandon police officer, said Police Chief John Dennee. The circumstances of the shooting were hazy Sunday and it wasn’t immediately clear what the gunman’s motive was, but the mother of a 14-year-old victim said the suspect may have been a jealous boyfriend. The shooting occurred in a white, two-story duplex about a block from downtown Crandon. “It was a pizza and movie party,” Dennee said. Three of the victims were Crandon High School students, said schools Superintendent Richard Peters, and the other three had graduated within the past three years. “There is probably nobody in Crandon who is not affected by this,” Peters said, adding that students would be especially affected. “They are going to wake up in shock and disbelief and a lot of pain.” Peters did not know whether Peterson had also graduated from the 300-student high school. But Crandon resident Karly Johnson, 16, said that she knew the gunman and that he had helped her in a tech education class. “He graduated with my brother,” she said. “He was nice. He was an average guy. Normal. You wouldn’t think he could do that.” Dennee declined to comment on whether Peterson had a romantic relationship with any of the victims. “We are a strong community. We always have been,” Bradley said. “This is agonizing, but we will prevail.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MTN Group increases Rwanda stake

first_img7 October 2011 Pan-African mobile operator MTN has increased its stake in MTN Rwanda after acquiring an additional combined 25% stake in the company from Crystal Ventures and the government of Rwanda for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, which was concluded in Kigali last week and brokered by Renaissance Capital, saw the MTN Group increase its ownership in MTN Rwanda from 55% to 80%. Crystal Ventures retains a 20% stake in the company and will remain an active minority shareholder. He said that following a partial divestment in 2007, the current transaction provided another opportunity for Crystal Ventures to redeploy capital in other sectors of the Rwandan economy. Crystal Ventures is a leading private investment company in Rwanda with a diversified portfolio of investments across many sectors including real estate development, beverage processing, security services, road construction and telecommunications. “As we remain a significant shareholder in MTN Rwanda, we look forward to working with MTN Group to ensure the continued growth of the company,” he said. “We have held our investment in MTN Rwanda since its inception 13 years ago and together created the foremost telecommunications company in Rwanda with more than 2.7-million subscribers,” said Crystal Ventures chairman Nshuti Manasseh. “Our increased investment in MTN Rwanda demonstrates our strong commitment to Rwanda and the broader East African region,” MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said in a statement this week. “We look forward to many more years of operating in Rwanda in partnership with Crystal Ventures.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “[The] government has for some time now indicated its desire to no longer participate in the sector as an investor,” he said. “We are pleased that we have been able to reach agreement with MTN on the terms of our exit.” Rwanda Finance Minister John Rwangomba said that since 1998, MTN had been an excellent investment for the government and had helped Rwanda to achieve its objective of growing and developing the telecommunication industry in the country.last_img read more

Nova Scotia fracking ban to remain despite gas potential premier says

first_imgHALIFAX – Despite an analysis that highlights the potential for billions of dollars worth of onshore gas in Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil says his government has no intention of lifting its ban on hydraulic fracturing.The Nova Scotia Onshore Petroleum Atlas lists the economic potential at between US$20-billion and US$60-billion.The analysis, which began in 2013 and was recently released by the Energy Department, says that based on available geological data, the Windsor and Cumberland sub-basins are the areas that hold the most potential for hydrocarbons.But McNeil said Thursday that it’s simply one report that will give Nova Scotians a chance to discuss fracking and onshore gas exploration. The Liberals passed legislation banning fracking in 2014, but have not proclaimed it.“At this time there is no discussion to lift that ban,” he said. “The information that has come out I’m sure will lead to great public discussion.”McNeil said barring any new information, the government remains concerned about the potential impacts fracking could have on potable water tables given the province’s geology.Most of the potential, about US$40 billion, exists in shale gas which would require hydraulic fracturing to extract it.McNeil said he wasn’t concerned that the province is passing up an economic opportunity as offshore reserves of natural gas dwindle.“No, you always weigh these things as they come forward as we did when the ban was put in,” he said. “As the ongoing discussion happens across our province, we like everyone else will be part of that and look at it, but I can tell you the issue of removing the ban has not got to my desk.”The atlas estimates Nova Scotia is sitting on up to seven trillion cubic feet of hydrocarbons when conventional natural gas reserves are included.In spite of the government’s reassurances, a coalition of environmental groups issued a news release this week warning of the potential interest for lifting of the ban in light of the atlas findings.Stephen Thomas, energy campaign coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre, called the atlas a waste of “time, money and expertise” given the existing ban on fracking.“We need to move beyond fossil fuels and invest time and money in renewable energy development, improving energy efficiency, and meeting our climate targets in a way that benefits Nova Scotians and our growing green economy,” said Thomas.A study commissioned by the government and released in 2014 said fracking shouldn’t be allowed for the foreseeable future.The report, by former Cape Breton University president David Wheeler, said more independent research was needed on health, environmental and economic impacts.last_img read more