Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were beaten by 38 goals yesterday in the first encounter in a three-match netball tour of New Zealand. The Sunshine Girls went down 34-72 to a New Zealand team that is two places above them in the netball world ranking. As the score indicates, the host team completely outplayed Jamaica when they met at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson. New Zealand, the world number two team, led after the first quarter 18-9 and never looked back. Match statistics revealed that Jamaica had far more turnovers and reflected a similar disparity at 43 to 18. The scores in the other three quarters were 16-7, 19-8 and 18-11. Shanice Beckford, who scored 15 goals in 19 tries, and Shantal Slater, with 10 goals from 13 attempts, were the best shooters for the team coached by Minneth Reynolds. Vanessa Walker chipped in with nine goals from 14 tries. The Sunshine Girls, who are world-ranked at number four, will be back in action against New Zealand on Wednesday (Tuesday night Jamaica time). The final match of the tour will be played on September 17. – H.L.
Midwifery students at Curran Hospital delivery Ward, being invited to attend tomorrow’s ceremony.An official Learning and Dissemination Event of the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Project, supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 13, at a resort in Monrovia, a release has said.According to the release, USAID, through its implementing partner, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP/HRH Project), will conduct the arrangement in collaboration with authorities of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Pre-Service Institutions and Health Partners.The day-long celebration will be held under the theme, “Celebrating and Promoting Sustainable Pre-Service Education for Quality Human Resources for a Healthy Liberia: MCSP/HRH Empowering Midwives and Medical Laboratory Technicians.”Direct beneficiaries of the MCSP/HRH Project are Registered Midwifery (RM) and/or Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) Programs; Monrovia-based Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences; United Methodist University (UMU) and the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences; Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery, in Zorzor, Lofa County, Phebe Paramedical Training Program in Phebe, Bong County, and the Deanna K. Isaacson School of Midwifery, formerly the Midwifery Training Program for the Southeastern Region, located in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.Medical Laboratory students at Phebe will also attend the event.At tomorrow’s event, Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and United States Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health Dr. Peter Coleman, as well as the MCSP and other health workforce partners are expected to participate.The event will, accordingly, feature cultural performances, sharing of experiences by beneficiaries and partners, while MCSP/HRH will also hold an exhibition to showcase selected high impact interventions focusing on MLTs, RMs, Gender, Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning, Leadership, Management and Development Program and Faculty Development Program.Prior to Thursday’s event, according to the release, MCSP/HRH Project contributed significantly to USAID/Liberia’s strategy toward strengthening and expanding the country’s skilled health workforce and preventing child and maternal mortality through improving health workforce readiness, reinforcing entry-level RMs and MLTs’ Pre-Service Education.The MCSP is the result of a global USAID cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries, with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Jamaican athlete is among those who have failed a doping test after samples were re-examined from the 2008 Beijing Olympic games in the wake of a drugs scandal, sources familiar with the case have told Reuters. (Latest Sports stories)The athlete has returned an adverse analytical finding for the A-sample and the result of the B-sample test is expected from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Lausanne within days, the sources said.Jamaica Olympic Association president Michael Fennell declined to comment, while Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Dr Warren Blake told Reuters his organisation had not been notified of any rule violation.RETESTING 2008, 2012 SAMPLESFollowing the biggest doping scandal in years, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ordered retesting of 2008 and 2012 Olympic samples where traces of drugs that were undetectable at the time now show up under advanced techniques.The IOC said last month that 31 athletes from six different sports and 12 countries had tested positive in the retesting of 2008 samples and that it had launched disciplinary action against the as yet unidentified athletes who would not be allowed to compete in August’s Rio de Janeiro games.Russia has already said 14 of its athletes were among the positive tests from 2008.The IOC has said the process of deciding how to reallocate medals after the re-testing of the Beijing and London Games samples was still under consideration.Jamaica won six gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics, all in athletics.