As health care continues to take center stage on Capitol Hill and across the country, students and professionals from the Keck School of Medicine traveled to Sacramento this weekend to lobby for single-payer health care.Hosted by the California Health Professional Student Alliance, Lobby Day 2010 served as a venue for more than 500 medical students and professionals to appeal to state legislators in hopes of gaining support for a statewide, single-payer health care bill.The USC group California Student Physicians for Healthcare Reform helped spread the word about Lobby Day and recruited nearly 50 Keck students and professionals who are passionate about single-payer health care.“For me it was attractive to get started and learn about how I can make an impact in health care and in California,” said Kristen Gregory, a second-year medical student and co-president of CSPHR.More than 450 people attended the lobby day, according to Chris Scannell, Lobby Day chair and a fourth-year Ph.D. medical student at Keck.On the first day of the conference, participants were trained on the issue and ways to approach it with legislators. Then, participants spent the second day speaking with legislators after a rally that drew as many as 1,000 people.Scannell said the group was hoping to engage legislators — particularly those with Republican affiliations — to generate discussion in advance of a key vote on the billing slated for later this week.The bill, known as SB 810 or the California Universal Healthcare Act, would create a public agency to provide every resident of California with health insurance through a single-payer health care system.The single-payer SB 810 bill has passed through the California legislature twice before but was vetoed twice by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.“In the past, it’s been divided along strict party lines,” Scannell said. “It seems like [this time] they were willing to talk about it.”Scannell said many opponents of the bill are concerned about the costs of implementing a single-payer health care system.“You raise taxes in order to implement this, but that’s the case with any type of social program you enact in the beginning,” he said.Some citizens and lawmakers are also against increasing government involvement in health care, Scannell said, but he and others who participated in the Student Lobby Day argued that health care is one of few public services that remains privatized.“We already have police, fire, postal services … These are all sources we rely on and we would never think of privatizing them and I think health care’s the same,” he said.In light of the upcoming governor’s race, students who attended Lobby Day are hopeful the bill will eventually pass and take effect, according to Scannell.“This will be kind of a changing of the guard with the new governor election … It’s important that we’re [at Lobby Day] again this year to show support for it,” Scannell said.Aaron Case, a second-year medical student and CSPHR member said he felt the event was an effective way to reach out to legislators and have an impact.“I went in there and told my story about how I was a poor, struggling musician without health insurance. I was scared about it most of the time,” Case said.Case said he has been able to convince legislators to back the bill in the past, and he hopes Lobby Day will continue to garner support in the future.“This is the first time I felt like I was actually talking to somebody who was going to be able to do something about this,” he said.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2015 at 12:05 am Contact Kevin: [email protected] The Syracuse players were quiet as they finished the evening by stretching at center ice.It was the first practice back after losing to Drexel in the second game of a two-game series, and the atmosphere was noticeably tense.“It was kind of an on-edge practice,” junior assistant captain JR LaPointe said. “Everyone seemed real pissed off. I know I sure was.”The voice of captain Nino DiPasquale broke the silence, and he gave a speech that would propel the team forward into a strong week of practices. In the following weekend, No. 21 Syracuse (17-8) took both games in its series against No. 23 Robert Morris (15-2-2) and will now look to earn an automatic bid to the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championship Tournament in its final five games.The 4-2 loss to Drexel resulted from issues in defense, discipline and missed opportunities. LaPointe said the defeat may have actually been better for the Orange, which was on a seven-game winning streak, to lose.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If anything it was just like a wake-up call for us. We needed that in order to know where we have to be,” LaPointe said of the loss to Drexel. “Sometimes when you get to the point where you’re doing well and winning a lot of games, you need to get humbled in order to really reach that goal that you have of winning the championship.”Still, DiPasquale felt the need to speak with his team at practice.“We’ve come this far in the season. There’s no reason why we can’t do this thing,” said LaPointe, paraphrasing his captain’s speech. “It’s one small bump in the road.”DiPasquale also reminded his team that the season is long and that it doesn’t need to panic as a result of the disappointing loss.The speech came at a good time for the team, which found back-to-back victories over Robert Morris. The defensive problems and excessive penalties that plagued the Orange in its loss against Drexel were less present in these two games and the turnaround was evident.“The rest of the week we had a jump in our step,” LaPointe said. “We seemed more focused, more relaxed, more aware of what needed to be done and all the guys were out there competing.”DiPasquale realizes his talk may have boosted SU for the time being, but his on-ice performance will now need to carry his team into the postseason, assistant coach Connor Treacy said.“It’s huge as a coach,” Treacy said of DiPesquale’s leadership ability. “You’re able to depend on someone and not worry about putting them out in any sort of situation, whether it be five on five, penalty kill, power play. You can always depend on Nino to go out there and work hard.”With two of Syracuse’s final five opponents being in the top 20, it’ll take more than just a speech in the season’s final stretch of home games.Though DiPasquale’s words had an immediate effect, the page has turned and the final block of games is what will determine SU’s postseason fate.“I just felt like I had to say, ‘Keep our heads up,’” DiPasquale said. “We’re still right in the playoffs and these next couple games are crucial to our season and to eventually get to nationals.” Comments
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (6-3) was handed its third loss of the 2019-20 season Thursday, falling to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-1) in convincing fashion. The Badgers then traveled to North Dakota to take on the North Dakota State Bison (1-9) after only two days’ rest, narrowly avoiding disaster in the closing stages of their final non-conference road game.Wisconsin, coming off of their trip to the Bahamas, stumbled out of the gate in Atlanta. Georgia Tech looked more prepared from the tip and took advantage of the Badgers’ lackluster shooting to open up a nine-point lead in the early stages. Posting only six points in the first quarter, Wisconsin was playing catch-up the entire way, failing to hold the lead for even a second.Women’s Basketball: Badgers take down Ball State before falling in Hoopfest championship gameThe Badgers’ women’s basketball team spent their Thanksgiving holiday in the Bahamas capital city of Nassau, playing the Ball State Read…The Badgers would finally settle into the game before halftime, outscoring the Yellow Jackets in the second period 14–12 and cutting the deficit to seven before the break. Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis’ club — which has been able to generate third-quarter momentum by addressing the game plan and shoring up tactics in previous games — had no answer this time around, and again were outplayed in the third, putting the game out of reach for good.Both teams shot under 17% from three-point range, and Wisconsin managed to convert on only half of their opportunities from the free-throw line. Georgia Tech won the battle in the paint and handily out-rebounded Wisconsin throughout, cruising to their sixth win on the year. Imani Lewis and Abby Laszewski led the Badger, each posting 10 points in the game, but it wasn’t enough in a tough game all around as the Badgers fell 60–41.Women’s Basketball: Badgers primed for breakout seasonAfter taking over during 2016-2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s basketball Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis had a lot of work on Read…The Badgers needed to rebound from their disappointing Thursday result and traveled to North Dakota for a 2 p.m. bout with struggling North Dakota State. The Bison failed to keep in touch with a majority of its competitors throughout its first games. Sunday afternoon was a different story, as the Bison held Wisconsin in check for the entire game, refusing to let them impose their will at any point.Wisconsin trailed until the end of the first quarter before a 10–0 run propelled them to a lead which they would hold until the fourth quarter. The Bison played resilient basketball, out-rebounding Wisconsin and making every free-throw attempt. As the game came to a head, the Badger lead dwindled to one, but the Badgers prevailed 64–63.The Badgers will return home for their final contests in non-conference play against Alabama State and Prairie View A&M. The matchup with Alabama State will take place Dec. 12, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
19 December 2007MIH Internet, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African media group Naspers, has made a £946-million (about R13.1-billion) offer to acquire London-listed Tradus, which operates online trading platforms and other related internet service websites in 12 mainly Eastern European countries.The acquisition would be the largest so far by Africa’s largest media company, which has to date been buying minority stakes in media and internet-related companies in emerging markets.Tradus, established as QXL Ricardo plc in 1997, operates auction websites in Eastern Europe under various brand names, and in Poland they operate automotive and real estate classified sites, a price comparison site and payment services system.“In its own strategy, Naspers has prioritised the internet sector for expansion. Success has been achieved in the sub-segments offering users communications, social networking and community platforms,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.“In pursuit of this strategy, Naspers today has various internet investments on the African continent, in China, Russia and India. With these investments, the Naspers Group has established a strong presence in the major emerging markets.”Naspers has identified Central and Eastern Europe as attractive emerging markets to invest in, and the acquisition of Tradus would consolidate the group’s position in Poland, where it is currently finalising the acquisition of a controlling stake in Gadu-Gadu, a company that operates an instant messaging service.“We are delighted that the Tradus Board intends unanimously to recommend our offer to its shareholders,” Naspers chief executive Cobus Stofberg said. “The operations of the Naspers Group and Tradus complement each other perfectly and significant advantages can be obtained by aligning Tradus’ businesses with Naspers’ other internet investments in Central and Eastern Europe.”Naspers’ other investments in emerging countries include a roughly one-third interest in Tencent, a leading internet services portal in China that operates an instant messaging client called QQ, and a similar stake in Mail.ru, which is developing into a leading e-mail portal in Russia.In India, meanwhile, the company is organically developing an internet business that focuses on the youth community, featuring a search engine customised to cater for local users and content.In South Africa, Naspers’ investments include Multichoice, which runs the DSTV satellite subscription service, the M-Net and Supersport television channels, internet service provider M-Web, newspaper and magazine publisher Media24, general consumer portal 24.com, e-retailer Kalahari.net and a 30% stake in local instant messaging service Mxit Lifestyle.“Apart from the investment in Tencent and Kalahari, other Naspers platforms have not yet generated transaction income,” the company said. “Our existing internet services rely on the generation of revenue mainly through advertising and value added communication services.”“The intention is that an investment in the Tradus transaction platform will allow the group to diversify its internet revenue streams to include transaction income.”The deal is subject to several conditions, including obtaining relevant regulatory approvals and approval by the companies’ shareholders.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
13 July 2010 As Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, analysts said the spin-offs of improved perceptions abroad could have a long-lasting impact not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. “You have shown the world that you can achieve anything and its time now that you show the rest of Africa that it can achieve anything,” Blatter told South Africa at a post-tournament press conference in Johannesburg on Monday. “There were many pessimists in the beginning, but as I always said it is a question of trust and confidence, and we trusted South Africa and they have delivered. “South Africa has not only managed to stage a incident-free world cup, it has left a good impression to the people of the world, and you can be proud of that; the compliments should go to you, not to Fifa.” Despite the elimination of Bafana Bafana in the first round of the tournament, the ambience and excitement of the competition continued among South Africans, who made the event a resounding success, Blatter said.Viewership, attendance Several records were achieved during the 30-day event, including never-seen-before television viewership figures. The number of people who attended the 64 matches at stadiums stood at just over 3.1-million, the 3rd highest in the history of the World Cup. It has been estimated that the tournament created up to 695 000 jobs and had a gross impact of R94-billion on South Africa’s economy. More than 500 000 tourists are confirmed to have visited the country to watch or to be part of the tournament, higher than the initial estimation of about 450 000 expected visitors. The country now plans to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, and the success of the World Cup is said to have bolstered these plans.Shifting perceptions Analysts say the indirect spin-offs from improved perceptions abroad could have an even greater, longer-lasting impact, not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. The successful World Cup could help shift the perceptions that a large number of foreign investors have held of Africa, while the infrastructure that has been created as a result of the World Cup is expected to assist the country’s long- and short-term development goals. “It is infrastructure like Soccer City that will tell many people that this World Cup for us has really been an investment more than anything else,” said Local Organising Committee Chairperson Irvin Khoza. He said that having this infrastructure and the success of the World Cup would end the perception that in Africa “you cannot get things done”. “What this World Cup has done is to eliminate all the [mis]perceptions the world had of us, and the iconic nature of our infrastructure, not only the stadiums but also transport, will send a message to the [world’s] sporting bodies that they can rely on this country for any future sporting event,” Khoza said. Source: BuaNews
17 August 2010An innovative technology demonstrator designed and developed by two researchers at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is set to become a must-have weapon in every cricket coach’s arsenal.The analysis application, which records all delivery specific data and video footage of a game, will enable teams, coaches and match analysts to track and analyse matches objectively and help them with their planning strategy to plot the demise of opposing teams.The product has its roots in a similar product called Crickstat – developed by the CSIR with former Proteas coach, the late Bob Woolmer, and currently used by many domestic and international teams – but is technologically far more advanced than its predecessor.“This is a very objective analysis tool,” Matt Vassard, co-developer along with Gert Wessels, said in a statement last week. “With this application, coaches will be able to scrutinise every little detail of the game.“However, one must remember that the software simply provides an enabling tool, and the responsibility to conceive game strategies remains that of a coach.”Vassard is a software developer at the CSIR Consulting and Analytical Services, while Wessels is with the CSIR Modelling and Digital Science. The project is collaboration between the two units.Microsoft technology demonstratorThe technology uses Microsoft.Net as a foundation, a middleware created by Microsoft to be platform-independent. Simply put, it can be run on any modern Microsoft operating system.Because of its unique use of Microsoft technologies, the system has been earmarked for demonstration at Microsoft South Africa developer conferences around the country.“Microsoft wants to use this as a demonstrator for its technologies,” said Vassard, adding: “This application is cutting-edge in that it is built and based on Microsoft’s latest and most advanced technologies.”This cricket application exploits a technology framework developed by the CSIR, which aims to assist research units in their commercial endeavours. “What we want to do is package common functionality into simpler, more generic components for re-use in new CSIR software applications,” said Wessels.Future benefitsThe researchers hope that this approach will benefit future CSIR projects, Wessels said, adding that they were trying to funnel knowledge generated by the research units into user-friendly software applications.“If this succeeds, it will take the burden of software development away from engineers and scientists, allowing them to focus on their research objectives,” he said. “Having an internal development capability, we believe that it will get software developers more in tune with what engineers and scientists want.”Wessels said that in South Africa, development houses were oriented towards business and financial systems. “Few focus on developing specialised scientific software applications, and that is why we want to create this reusable software platform.”The CSIR Sports Technology Centre will be marketing the new application to its existing customers, and hopes to expand the customer base globally.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Claw hand is a hand characterized by curved or bent fingers, making the hand appear claw-like.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.