PLDT storms past Sta. Lucia; Wilson shines as Cignal survives major challenge from Foton

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIEScenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying PLDT Home Fibr and Cignal HD took different routes to victory on Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.PLDT stormed to its third victory after dismantling Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 25-23, 25-18. The Power Hitters improved to 3-2, while inflicting on the Lady Realtors their fifth defeat in six games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Courtney Felinski led Foton with 23 points, while Elaine Kasilag added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Earlier, Cignal survived a major fight from Foton to score a thrilling 15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-13, 21-19 victory.Erica Wilson scored 29 points for the HD Spikers, who scored their fourth win in six matches and handed the Tornadoes their fourth straight defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We fought together as a team. This is a big victory for us,” Wilson said. “I guess everyone really wanted this win. And hopefully we pick up more wins like this is the coming days.”Ana Artemeva chipped in 16 points, while Rachel Anne Daquis had nine for Cignal. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ceres leads PPL field; Global inclusion draws protest from ex-starslast_img read more

Careysburg Slaughter House – A Good Sign of Things To Come

first_imgA wonderful, long overdue process began in Careysburg last weekend. It was the dedication of the US$4 million Careysburg Slaughter House that envisions “a revamped meat industry by the highest safety quality standards and an enhanced value chain both upstream and downstream.”Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah, who spoke at the slaughterhouse’s official dedication last Friday, pledged that the Liberian government would continue “to support a sector that will provide safe, hygiene quality meat products to the Liberian people.”The Minister expressed appreciation to Conex/MD Sow and Associates Enterprise, Incorporated, the private Liberian company that owns the slaughterhouse. Minister Zinnah also thanked Conex/MD Sow’s partners for their assistance in the establishment of the enterprise. The partners included the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service; Land O’Lakes International Development, a non-profit organization that is affiliated with one of the largest farmer-owned agricultural cooperatives in the USA; and the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service.The Agriculture Minister sounded a hopeful note when he declared that it was his Ministry’s “responsibility to create an enabling environment to ensure that such an investment thrives, in order to develop the country’s economy.” And while we wait for the Agriculture Minister’s specifics about this important promise, we at the Daily Observer would like to suggest at least three areas that would ensure that the Ministry keeps this promise.First, the MOA should seriously engage the few Liberians who are pursing studies in Veterinary Medicine and agricultural sciences, so that they may return home as soon as possible to help in the development and expansion of Liberia’s livestock, poultry and egg industries. And let them not end up like the many from the National Oil Company ofLiberia (NOCAL), who were sent abroad for training in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Economics and Accounting, Computer Technology and related fields. And when they returned fully qualified, there were no jobs as their positions had been filled by political appointees! This should NOT happen at Agriculture.Mr. Sam Thompson, one of the Careysburg Slaughter House partners, has already indicated that they have trained 35 veterinary assistants “to provide a pool of human resource talent” to man the slaughterhouse operations.But we think the Agriculture Ministry is the prime organization to take the initiative to ensure the agriculture sector, especially the livestock industry, has enough trained personnel to develop and expand the industry. Working in close collaboration with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suacoco, Bong County, as well as embassies near Monrovia and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Agriculture Ministry knows that it can rely on all of them to help provide fellowships to train our agricultural and veterinary personnel.The second initiative that we recommend the MOA to undertake is to help Conex/MD Sow to identify prime cattle breeding areas around Liberia where breeding and multiplication can take place, in order quickly to develop and expand Liberia’s livestock industry.Why have we allowed Guinea and Sierra Leone to surpass us in this? Sam Thompson, in his remarks last Friday, quoted the FAO in revealing that Liberia has “less than 1.0% of West Africa’s livestock population, with only 36,000 cattle, and 430,000 sheep and goats, compared to Guinea’s 1.7 million cattle and 2.2 million sheep and goats.”With Liberia’s vast land lying mostly in bush throughout the country, surely we have more than enough acreage to develop our livestock industry.This newspaper has for a long time striven to engage people from Maryland and Grand Kru counties, whose land is ideal for cattle raising, to invest in the livestock industry. These include John Hilary Tubman, former Senator Cletus Wotorson and former Senator Blamo Nelson. John Hilary hails from Harper, but the farm of his father, the latePresident W.V.S. Tubman, is in Boniken; while Cletus and Blamo hail from Grand Cess and Picnicess, respectively, where at one time there were more cattle than people on the ground. Blamo says he has significant heads of cattle (large number of cows and bulls). That is a good beginning that needs to be expanded. The MOA should take the initiative to engage more people to make use of this pristine (virgin) opportunity, not only in the southeast but also in Bong, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba and other counties. But in order to do this, MOA has got to be focused and results-oriented, just as the US Department of Agriculture.The third initiative we believe Minister Zinnah should undertake is to work closely with the Careysburg Slaughter House so that it is so efficiently and profitably run that it will be unnecessary for any supermarket or meat shop to import processed meat. And working with the Commerce and Industry Ministry, the business of the Careysburg Slaughter House could so blossom that soon more slaughterhouses could be established around the country to keep pace with our expanding livestock industry. We commend the owners and partners of the Careysburg Slaughter House and wish them Godspeed and great success in the years ahead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Conservation Of Sharks And Ray Is Cardinal”

first_img“The conservation of sharks and ray is cardinal to Liberia and the world at large,” says.-Stressed NaFAA DDGTS The Deputy Director General for Technical Services at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has stressed the importance of the conservation of sharks and ray in Liberia.Speaking on Friday, November 22, 2019 during the 2nd National Plan of Action for the conservation of sharks and ray in Liberia, Mr. William Boeh said the continuous conservation of sharks and ray across Liberia indicates that Liberia is in full compliance with international fisheries protocols.“The conservation of sharks and ray is cardinal to Liberia and the world at large, therefore it incumbent upon all of us Liberians with support from our International partners to protect those fisheries,” stated NaFAA Deputy Director for Technical Services William Boeh.Mr. Boeh challenged stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of the National Plan of Action for the conservation of sharks and ray across Liberia.Making presentation during the stakeholders meeting, Augustine Fayiah, Project Officer at the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) Liberia, pointed out that restoring the populations of sharks is important and can yet deliver ecological surprise.Fayiah said sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health.Fayiah mentioned that the blue shark is the most heavily fished shark in the world with annual global catch estimates of around 20 million individuals each year.Stakeholders in attendance at the one-day NaFAA and EJF National Plan of Action for the Conservation of sharks and Ray at the Mesurado Pier included the Forestry Development Authority, University of Liberia, Stella Maris, Co-Management Association (CMA), Liberia Artisanal Fishermen Association, Liberia National Coast Guard, as well as the Liberia Maritime Authority, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Near electrocution can’t stop this marriage

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When it came time to cancel the caterers and call the wedding guests with the bad news, Howard Hull and Kristen Word couldn’t do it. Love, not logistics, was the reason they were getting married. “Marriage isn’t about some big production and a lot of fancy stuff; it’s about love,” the bride said Wednesday from the doctors dining room at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, where she was getting ready for her wedding with her mom and bridesmaids. Howard, the groom, was standing outside in the hallway with his best man, an IV line carrying medication into his left hand to keep the circulation going. The apprentice line mechanic for the Burbank Water and Power Department touched a couple of electrical lines a week and a half ago that were supposed to have been de-energized. They weren’t. More than 4,000 volts of electricity entered Howard’s body through his chin and exited through his left hand, basically blowing off two fingertips. Which is why he was standing here in a hospital hallway on his wedding day instead of in the backyard of his mother’s Glendale home with 40 invited guests and plenty of flowers and other fancy stuff. The couple could have postponed the wedding until Howard got out of the hospital in a week or so. But when you’ve been zapped by 4,000 volts and are still around to talk about it, it puts things in perspective, Howard says. “It makes you realize some things are important; others are not. Kristen showed me incredible love and strength through all this. “She only reaffirmed my desire to marry her right now, on the day we had planned. There was no reason to wait.” Because marriage isn’t about some big, fancy production. It’s about love. And love doesn’t care where you get married. When you work in a hospital burn center, good news is like a cool breeze on a miserably hot, smoggy day. It makes you take a deep breath and smile. The veteran nurses at Grossman Burn Center have seen more than their share of pain and tears, so they were more than ready for laughs and wedding cake. “Once we decided to go ahead with the wedding here, it was a matter of making sure it was OK with Howard’s doctor and pulling it all together in time,” Kristen said. The couple looked around Howard’s hospital room and figured they would have to cut the guest list in half to cram everyone in. “I told them to go ahead and invite everyone they already had invited; we’d find the space,” said Herb Altman, who has operated the center’s hyperbaric oxygen chamber for the past 34 years. Herb and the nurses threw Howard a bachelor party, then helped the staff set up chairs and carry in flowers and cake to the conference room. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, 40 family members and friends of the couple — none of whom had ever been to a wedding in a hospital conference room — stood and applauded as Kristen walked out the door of the doctors dining room on the arm of her dad, ReaganWord. “Nothing could stop this day from happening, not even electrocution,” wedding officiant Alan Katz said, beginning the ceremony with a laugh. Fifteen minutes later, Howard Hull and Kristen Word were officially pronounced husband and wife. After the reception, they returned to Howard’s hospital room and found the nurses had filled it with white balloons and electric candles. “They brought us dinner and let me stay way past visiting hours were over,” the new bride said Thursday morning. Smiling. — Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Man killed on freeway

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Authorities are still investigating. Lopez said he did not know why the man was walking on the freeway. MONTEBELLO – A pedestrian was struck and killed this morning on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway near the Paramount Boulevard exit, officials said. The man, who has not been identified, was walking on the freeway at 4:10 a.m. when he was struck by a 1991 Honda Accord, said Conrad Lopez, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol. He died at the scene, Lopez said. The driver of the Accord, a 50-year-old Covina man whose name was not released, was not injured. He does not face any charges, Lopez said. last_img read more

Tottenham target Sandro Ramirez set to leave Barcelona for free this summer

first_img 20-year-old Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez could be snapped up for free this summer 1 Tottenham have been put on alert after Barcelona announced on Monday that Sandro Ramirez will not be offered a new contract.The forward has been on Tottenham’s radar since January once it became clear that his opportunities to make an impact at the Nou Camp were diminishing.Sandro made just seven starts in all competitions for Barca last season and has accepted he is unlikely to displace the formidable trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez anytime soon.And now Spurs are ready to land the 20-year-old on a free transfer after Barca technical director Robert Fernandez confirmed that his spell at Barca is over.“We’re going to open the door for Sandro to leave,” Fernandez told Barca TV.“We had a clause which could allow us to extend his contract another year on May 1.“Last summer, he had many offers to leave and we appreciated his decision to stay and fight.”last_img read more

Tottenham’s new stadium was due to open today v Liverpool – how it looks

first_img 5 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The new south stand will be a 17,500 single-tier stand and the club claim the seating bowl is arranged to place fans closer to the pitch than at any other comparable size stadium in the UK September, 15 against Liverpool: The game in which Tottenham were supposed to open the doors to their shiny new stadium.Instead, the players will be running out at Wembley – a top drawer venue, but certainly not ‘home’. The new ground will hold 62,062 people when it is eventually opened Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card There is still plenty of work done to get it ready Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED no dice punished Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Most popular Tottenham news Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img 5 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 5 5 5 The ground will also be used to stage NFL games Construction delays and problems with the “critical safety systems” forced the switch, with Premier League games against Cardiff on 6 October, Manchester City on 29 October as well as all the Champions League games being moved to the national stadium.“Delays are common, certainly for builds of this size and complexity, however we are hugely frustrated that this has occurred at such a late stage. Whilst we would have been able to mitigate other areas, we simply cannot compromise safety. This decision was unavoidable,” a club statement said back in August.Right now the match against Chelsea on 24 November is slated to be the game to start life at the new White Hart Lane.Ahead of what should have been the opening, though, talkSPORT.com looks at what the ground currently looks like, courtesy of the official website. smart causal targets gameday cracker Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ OFF BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Brighton 0

first_imgAndre Gray’s sliced effort that was cleared off the line was the closest Brentford came to a first-half lead in the FA Cup third round.Gray rounded Brighton keeper David Stockdale and tried to find the net from an acute angle but instead watched his shot trickle along the goal-line before being booted away in the second minute.A Bees side with five changes also threatened through Jota and Alan Judge, while Sam Baldock was inches away from scoring for the Seagulls at the other end.Jack Bonham made his first appearance of the season in the Brentford goal, while Tommy Smith made his first start since August and Arsenal loanee Jon Toral also began the match.Harlee Dean and Toumani Diagouraga also came in while David Button, Jonathan Douglas and on-loan Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard were not in the matchday squad. Brentford: Bonham, Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell, Diagouraga, Toral, Judge, Jota, Smith, Gray.Subs: Lee, Craig, Saunders, Tebar, Dallas, Ywnnaris, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What Your Body Needs

first_img(Visited 489 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Most of us know some basic things our bodies need, but it’s unlikely many people have heard of some of these requirements.You Need a Golden GateIron is a critical nutrient, but must be handled with care inside cells. Science Daily describes one of the mechanisms as “The human body’s golden gate to iron traffic.” It’s the protein ferritin, which beforehand was considered a simple transporter. It just got promoted in esteem. The findings of this at Technion “move ferritin to the center stage of systemic iron metabolism, as a protein that not only stores, but also transports iron in a controlled manner, giving it all attributes of an iron regulator.”You Need a Flexible MeshRed blood cells are unmatched in flexibility with the simultaneous ability to store hemoglobin, that important iron-carrying protein. An old Moody Science Film, Red River of Life, showed early computer models that proved that the best trade-off for flexibility and capacity was a biconcave disk. Curiously but somewhat expected from a design perspective, the biconcave disk matches the shape of RBCs perfectly. But how can RBCs pop back into their biconcave shape when twisted and distorted by the narrow passages in capillaries? Science Daily brings new knowledge to bear on that question from work at UC Berkeley, which found the microstructural secret:Red blood cells must be flexible to squeeze through tiny capillaries to deliver oxygen. Chemists have now discovered the secret of this flexibility: a 2-D triangular mesh, like a geodesic dome, underlies the membrane, each strut made of the protein spectrin, which is like a spring allowing the mesh and membrane to bend and flex.You Need Coordinated SensesScientists at the University of Pittsburgh found a surprise; the eardrums move when the eyes move. Why is that? Writing in PNAS, they say they’re not exactly sure, but the multisensory interactions are “systematic and substantial.” They have an idea for an answer, demonstrating that it’s a good bet to expect a purpose for things that are not yet understood.The peripheral hearing system contains several motor mechanisms that allow the brain to modify the auditory transduction process. Movements or tensioning of either the middle ear muscles or the outer hair cells modifies eardrum motion, producing sounds that can be detected by a microphone placed in the ear canal (e.g., as otoacoustic emissions). Here, we report a form of eardrum motion produced by the brain via these systems: oscillations synchronized with and covarying with the direction and amplitude of saccades. These observations suggest that a vision-related process modulates the first stage of hearing. In particular, these eye movement-related eardrum oscillations may help the brain connect sights and sounds despite changes in the spatial relationship between the eyes and the ears.You Need an Automatic Tunnel Repair CrewEvery tunnel and pipeline faces damage, and eventually needs repairs. Can you imagine the painful consequences of unrepaired pipelines in the body? Certain pathogens, like rotaviruses, can wreak havoc on intestinal channels. Science Daily reports on “New insight into how the intestine repairs itself.” Scientists from three major universities had to correct some prior knowledge as they investigated a marvelous repair system in the body’s tunnels:Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco have gained new insights into how the small intestine, one of the fastest renewing tissues in the human body, repairs itself after injury caused by intestinal rotavirus infection. Their findings have led them to propose that, contrary to the current thinking, how the intestine repairs itself seems to depend on the type of damage, and they found that triggers that were previously thought to be unimportant are actually essential for repairing virus-caused injury. The study appears in Cell Reports.You Need a ClutchAlso in PNAS, a paper from Harvard shows that cells can respond to surface viscosity by means of a “molecular clutch” that engages mechanosensitive proteins:Tissues are viscoelastic in nature and their physical properties play a fundamental role in development, tumorigenesis, and wound healing. Cell response to matrix elasticity is well understood through a “molecular clutch” which engages when stiffness is sufficiently high to expose binding sites in mechanosensitive proteins. Here we show that cell response to pure viscous surfaces (i.e., with no elastic component) can be explained through the same molecular clutch. Mechanisms used by cells to sense rigidity are more universal and can be used to unveil cell interaction with complex viscoelastic environments. The research presents a tool to understand cells within tissues and in turn opens new avenues to incorporate viscosity into the design of synthetic cellular microenvironments.You Need the Great Outdoors“The brain acts much differently when we’re outdoors compared to when we’re inside the lab,” a new study reported on Science Daily has found. In ordinary activities, like riding a bike outside or an exercise bike inside, the brain must compensate for the different environment. In experiments at the University of Alberta, neuroscientists studied these brain reactions, and believe it means that “the brain is compensating for environmental distractions.” It probably also means that the brain is more engaged and aware.One of the researchers pointed out a shortcoming in our knowledge, in that “almost everything we know about the human brain is learned from studies in very tightly controlled environments.” Now, with portable monitoring devices, possibilities open up for research in real-world activities. Undoubtedly science will continue to find benefits of outdoor activity (21 Jan 2018), since even evolutionists believe humans evolved primarily outside, and creationists believe mankind’s first home was a garden.Did you know that you need all these things? There are myriads of other small wonders like them that we rely on. All of them constantly work to keep us functioning. Such knowledge can help us appreciate the value of every human life and strive to advance belief in human exceptionalism. Such wonders do not just happen. Each marvel is a testament to the craftsmanship of our Creator.Adventure, Worship and Education (AWE) outdoorsThe Creator knew that we need much more than a functioning body. We need purpose, meaning, and righteousness. We need love and beauty. We need healthy relationships. The hostile world we live in, so divided politically and filled with lies and violence, indicate that something terrible happened to the human race. That ugly reality is sin: we all think we can live in defiance of our Creator. And so the Creator provided what we need most: salvation (Gospel of John, chapters 1-3). The cost of that need was much higher than all the engineering prowess of the divine wisdom. It cost the life of God’s Son, who redeemed us by His own blood. That death could not keep him, and three days later he arose, does not minimize the pain and agony Jesus went through for us. How can we not thank the one who meets our every need with such wisdom, power, and love?last_img read more

UK honours top SA nurse

first_imgDame Nita Barrow, a nurse and formergovernor-general of Barbados.(Image: Unesco.org) Professor Philda Nomusa Nzimande,the recepient of the prestigious award.(Image: Alberts Nomandla Group)Khanyi Magubane The stellar work and self-sacrifice of a long-time serving South African nurse Professor Philda Nomusa Nzimande has been honoured by a United Kingdom-based nursing federation.Nzimande was honoured for her contribution to the nursing profession in South Africa, with the prestigious Dame Nita Barrow Memorial Lecture award. She is the fourth recipient of the award.The Association of South African Nurses in the UK nominated Nzimande for the award.The award, named after Dame Nita Barrow, who was also a nurse, honours women outside of the UK who have been in the forefront of the profession.Barrow, popularly known as “Dame Nita”, was an outspoken and articulate fighter of social injustice.During apartheid, Dame Nita was part of a seven-member team of Commonwealth dignitaries assigned on a fact-finding mission to the country. The team, known as the Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons, were mandated to take a first hand look at the system of apartheid and advise on ways the country could move forward from the old regime. And as its mandate the reduction of the rapidly rising levels of tension in the strife-ridden country and the initiation of fruitful dialogue.No stranger to politics, Barrow was born into a family of civic activists. Her father, an Anglican priest, was removed from his pulpit in the Caribbean Island after his ministry was considered too socially progressive for the island’s local leaders.In 1986, she was also the former governor-general of Barbados in the Caribbean, a position to which was appointed in 1990.She died in Barbados on December 18, 1995.Beating the odds to reach her dreamsProfessor Nzimande – a registered nurse, midwife, educator, administrator, researcher, academic and businesswoman, started off with a dream to become a doctor, but she didn’t have a matric (grade 12).Not one to be deterred, she studied and obtained her grade 12 qualification through correspondence study, while she worked.After completing her high school study, she pursued a career in nursing and over the years, has worked in various South African hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal where she built up a reputation for herself as a kind and compassionate nurse who went the extra mile to care for patients.She continued her academic studies, and she now holds five degrees, and a professorship.During the apartheid years, Nzimande was a key figure in the fight to improve the conditions of black nurses in South Africa. Her advocacy work led to her being recognised as a nursing activist and visionary.Speaking to a South African weekend paper, Sunday Times, Nzimande describes herself as a visionary passionate about uniting nurses regardless of their race and ethnic background, “I grew up when apartheid was at its peak, but it was my wish that as nurses we must be united. That was what moved me.“The legacy of apartheid policies in SA created large disparities between racial groups … which created disunity, sometimes mistrust, among members of the nursing profession.”Nzimande was pivotal in the formation of nursing associations in South Africa, whose primary work it was to fight for the rights of nurses.She established three nursing organisations and she was also part of a group who engaged in discussions that led to the formation of South Africa’s leading nursing organisation, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa), of which she became the first president.Nzimande’s other achievements include establishing a nursing college in 1976.It was also during that year that she became the first black South African nurse to be awarded a master’s degree in nursing science by a South African university.In 2001 she was elected to the board of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, representing 14 countries in east, central and southern Africa.Currently, the mother-of-four is one of the three presidents of the International Council of Nurses.She is also overseeing the Open Learning Academy of Nursing Institute at the University of Zululand.Representing South AfricaSouth Africa currently has thousands of nurses working in the United Kingdom.In 2006, workpermit.com, a website informing the public on work permits abroad, estimated that there were about 10 000 South African nurses working in the UK.Because of the high influx of nurses from South Africa in that country, stricter regulations have been put in place by British Authorities to give British citizens who’ve qualified in health services, first rights to jobs at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.In a bid to represent the needs of the South African nurses, the Association of South African Nurses in the UK (ASANUK) was formed.ASANUK is an organisation formed to help provide a link with health service development in South Africa and facilitate professional support for South African Nurses working in the UK.Part of ASANUK’s work includes mobilising nurses in the UK to engage themselves in the process of sharing knowledge; information and advice with colleagues back home in South Africa.It also encourages nurses to be a part of the healthcare policy development in their home country, as well as sharing specialist clinical knowledge and information, through seminars and exchange visits between nurses based in South Africa and those based in the UK.Awarding excellenceNzimande is not the only South African nurse being recognised for contributions made in the nursing profession.The Department of Health has two esteemed annual awards, regarded as the highest honours in their profession – the Cecilia Makiwane Nurses Recognition Award and the Marilyn Lahana Trust Award.The Cecilia Makiwane award, named after the first black person to be registered as a professional nurse in South Africa, is awarded to nurses who have gone beyond the call of duty in their nursing services.The Marilyn Lahana Trust Award is administered by Denosa and awarded to an outstanding member of the nursing and midwifery profession who has shown a quality of caring and dedication to both patients and colleagues.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesHealth in South Africa New laws to cure health costs Useful linksDenosaHealth Professionals Council of South Africa South African Nursing CouncilAssociation of South African Nurses in the UKlast_img read more