Representatives from the various hospitals receiving the donationsThe Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC); Linden Hospital Complex (LHC); New Amsterdam Hospital and Suddie Hospital on Wednesday were the recipients of a $2 million donation, which will see the improvement of visual presentations to educate the public.The four hospitals were each presented with one 55-inch television, a DVD player, DVD recordings and wall mounts, which were donated by Dr Lorna Amsterdam. It was related that Dr Amsterdam has been donating equipment to a number of hospitals for just over a year.According to the representatives from the hospitals, the televisions will be placed in the waiting areas to educate patients on various health issues, while some would be placed in the ophthalmology department to bring awareness on the different optical conditions.The ceremony was attended by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who noted in her remarks, “This is what we’re talking about, giving back to the community. They’re giving back in a very healthy way, because these instruments will be used to bring about awareness of various health issues and also to teach our patients some of the dos and don’ts in terms of keeping their bodies healthy and also keeping their families healthy.“It is all-encompassing with what the Ministry’s vision is; trying to ensure that we take health to the people and we want to express our sincere appreciation for these instruments,” she added.She also highlighted that the hospitals who are recipients of the equipment should value the contributions that were made and recognise that this addition would add value to the service which they are expected to provide to the public.The idea behind these contributions is to reach out to Guyanese and educate them on a disease that they may have or the guidelines that are necessary to prevent such diseases.
Windies Captain Jason Holder and his team are on a mission to improve their Test ranking as they commence their campaign in Wednesday’s opener against Bangladesh.Shimron Hetmyer returns to the Test sideHolder, along with teammates Shane Dowrich and Shannon Gabriel, all had upward movement in their Test Player rankings since the series against Sri Lanka. Holder is now 54th in batting and is 6th in the all-rounder’ list and a career-best 25th among bowlers.Dowrich, who had a century under his belt in the Test against Sri Lanka, is 51st among the batsmen while Gabriel is now at 12th place following his man-of-the-match 13 for 121, the third-best haul ever by a West Indies bowler.The chance to move from a low 9th place is possible if the Windies win a match in the series. The hosts warmed up well a few days ago in their 2-day practice game which ended in a draw.Those probabilities based on points should the hosts win, lose or draw equate to: drawn series – Bangladesh 75, Windies 72; Windies win 1-0 – Windies 75, Bangladesh 69; Windies win 2-0 – Windies 77, Bangladesh 67.This series is also an opportunity for West Indies to go past Bangladesh in the Test rankings. Bangladesh currently sits in eighth position with 75 points, with West Indies ninth on 72 points.A win for the home side will see them overtake Bangladesh, while a drawn series will maintain the status quo. Bangladesh will remain in the eighth spot even if they win 2-0, though they will narrow the gap with seventh-ranked Pakistan.Guyanese Shimron Hetmyer returned to red-ball cricket with a ton while the rest of the team are still in top form following the recently-concluded Test series against Sri Lanka.The left-handed Hetmyer was not picked in the XI for the first two Tests of the series against Sri Lanka, before being taken ill ahead of the third Test. Guyanese Keemo Paul, the right-arm fast bowler who had replaced Hetmyer in the squad, keeps his place in the squad despite his countryman’s return. Uncapped reserve wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton was the only player left out.While commending the team for the performance against Sri Lanka, the West Indies selection panel said they wanted more runs from the top order. The selection panel “expects to see a greater effort from the top 5 batters and see them return to the focus and discipline we know they are capable of in the upcoming series against Bangladesh”.“We congratulate the team on a drawn series [against Sri Lanka], but recognise that victory was within our reach. The selection panel also acknowledge and commend the strong performances of Captain Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and man of the series Shane Dowrich.”Meanwhile, the first Test bowls off from 10:00h today, July 4 at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua.
This year marked the 55th year founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), presently known as the Africa Union (AU), which is celebrated through Africa Day annually on the 25th May. Africans across the continent celebrated Africa day, an amazing milestone, and a journey all are proud of.Africa Day pays tribute to the achievements made by our heroes back in 1963 who led the way and envisioned an Africa that is filled with greatness, and it is in each and every individual to take the baton – of being the change and make Africa better.South Africa celebrated Africa Day with a month-long celebration of what it means to be African, and a three-day programme with Brand South Africa, Bassline and various stakeholders building up to the 14th annual Africa Day Festival hosted by Bassline now rebranded #BasslineFest which was held at the Constitution Hill.“We are proud to have been part of the Africa Day celebration as want to remind each and every African of our shared history and, to build lasting collaborations with our neighbours on the continent”; said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relationship Manager Ms Toni Gumede.The three-day programme went as follows;Day one – 24th May Bassline in partnership with Brand South Africa, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Constitution Hill, Joburg Tourism and the ‘Red Bus’ company hosted a ‘Trace Mandela Footsteps Tour’. The purpose was to promote the #BeTheLegacy centenary campaign and local tourism.The tour ended in the Mandela House in Soweto, with the official #BasslineFest press-launch lunch where the #BasslineFest headline artists were unveiled. These included the legendary Salif Keita (Mali), multi-Grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa) and the pop sensation Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Nakhane and Femi Koya amongst others.Addressing the artists’ and delegates, Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Mr Sello Hatang said, “we are so grateful that you are here, Madiba use to say that music can unite people, can unite nations, you can forget about differences when there is music. It gives us great pleasure that you will be opening the centenary programme in terms of music and you are therefore pioneers in the arts for the centenary programme because you are the first act.”To end off the tour a surprise performance by multi-Grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo left the audience in a state of awe.“The tour was really an insightful page out of our history book. It was very informative and emotional at the same time. A very special reminder to celebrate Mandela’s legacy and the freedom we are happily enjoying today”, said delegate Ms Nthabi.Day two – 25th May Two dialogues were hosted at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The first one under the theme “South Africa belongs to all who live in it” was led by Brand South Africa. The second dialogue of the day was hosted by the Gauteng Department of Sport and Recreation and focused on the Role of the Creative Industry in strengthening democracy.“The country (South Africa) has become home for many foreign nationals who not only contribute to the economy but to the colourful nation, we’ve been known to be. I urge that we all build bridges of active citizenry across African nations to better strengthen the main objectives of the OAU, said Brand South Africa’s Board of Trustee, Mr Mzi Malunga as he closed off the session.Day three – 26th May The #BasslineFest which was held at the Constitution Hill celebrated African dynamism, promoted solidarity, social cohesion, anti-xenophobia, tourism, arts and culture under the theme #BeTheLegacy as endorsed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation centenary celebration.Mr Brad Holmes, Founder and Managing Director of Bassline said, “the #BasslineFest is about exposing talent across Africa and contributes to creating a united Africa, a Pan Africa, an Africa without borders”.The #BasslineFest was infused with a market day curated by Soweto’s LoCrate Market team which was an opportunity to buy African food, fashion, art and crafts.Performances had the audiences dancing, screaming and chanting “we want more”. The artists paid homage to the continent with a particular focus this year, on the legacy that is Nelson Mandela.Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yemi Alade and Salif Keita gave an exclusively crafted performance to pay tribute to Madiba’s legacy.Audiences of the #BasslineFest expressed their sentiments on the various performances on social media; @Tshepuna_Moloi May 26 : I’m in so much awe hlena… #BasslineFest @Pixie306 May 26: I absolutely love seeing Yemi Alade perform #BasslineFest @lulushezi May 26 : #Basslinefest Ladysmith Black Mambazo. My KZN heart is full.@uMandlakazi May 26 : The #BasslineFest bodied everything I’ve ever been to because @TheRealMambazo was there & then the king, @SalifKeita closed things off with ‘Afrika yeh!’ I wish him good health@Taxirankwear May 27 : #BASSLINEFest Ladysmith Black Mambazo did the most, shuuuuuu what a night, LegendaryWatch highlights of the #BasslineFest here: Africa Day Celebration Concert
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, brings together the crew of Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, and Joel Penhorwood after a busy past week.The Ohio Beef Expo recently wrapped up. While there, Joel talked with Tim Bryan whose family shows Mini Herefords at the Expo. The unique breed is special in more than its look.Ty brings us an interview from his trip to Washington D.C. on the Ohio Farm Bureau County Presidents Trip with AFBF’s Dale Moore. The 2018 Farm Bill faces an interesting road ahead.Dale visited with Ohio Director of Agriculture David Daniels in the celebration of Ohio Ag Week recently. The two attended an ag museum opening in northeast Ohio.Matt caught up with a couple of people on pressing issues. He visited with OSU Extension Climate Specialist Aaron Wilson. And talking the interesting time for dairy farmers, he also heard from Mark Thomas, a dairy farmer in Stark County who has decided to sell the dairy side of his operation.