Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Nets: G Spencer Dinwiddle (torn ligaments in right thumb) F Treveon Graham (personal reasons), F Rodions Kurucs (sprained left elbow), F Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring) and G Dzanan Musa (G-League assignment) are out.Cavaliers: F Cedi Osman and C Ante Zizic returned to the starting lineup. Osman (sprained right ankle) missed four games and Zizic (sore lower back) didn’t play Monday. … F Tristan Thompson (sore left foot) is expected to return sometime after the break. He has missed the last 13 games.LOOKING AHEADLove plans to increase his playing time following the All-Star break. The Cavaliers resume play against Phoenix on Feb. 21.“I don’t know minutes-wise what it’s going to be like, but a good progression after that because I will be fully prepared to go,” Love said.“He’s in a really good place right now both physically and mentally,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said.STREAK SNAPPERThe Nets, who had lost two straight and five of six, are sixth in the Eastern Conference.“That was one of those weird games before the break,” Atkinson said. “It would have been tough with a loss, but this really keeps our morale up.”UP NEXT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pascal Siakam scores career-best 44 as Raptors beat Wizards Nets: Host Portland on Thursday, Feb. 21.Cavaliers: Host Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 21.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Harris scored 25 points and Carroll had 18 as the Nets improved to 30-29 — above .500 at the All-Star break for the first time since 2012-13.The teams were playing their final game before the break, likely a good thing after going 63 minutes in a contest that saw 23 lead changes.Clarkson, playing a career-high 47 minutes, was 16 of 34 from the field and made 7 of 17 3-point attempts.“We tried to leave everything on the floor trying to get a win knowing we’ve got these days off,” he said. “We didn’t expect to go to three overtimes. But I’m in shape. I’ll go all day.”Collin Sexton had 24 points and Marquese Chriss added 23 for Cleveland.Russell made two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to break a 116-all tie in the first overtime, but Sexton drove the lane and scored to tie the game with 2.8 seconds left.Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sat out to get additional rest following foot surgery. Brooklyn dressed nine players because of several injuries.Chriss, Larry Nance Jr, David Nwaba and Ante Zizic fouled out for Cleveland, which played its first overtime game of the season.The Cavaliers (12-46) were trying to win consecutive games for the third time this season. Cleveland has the third-worst record in the league.TIP-INS Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Russell’s big finish wouldn’t have been possible if Carroll hadn’t shocked everyone with his buzzer-beating shot.The fact the play wasn’t even designed for Carroll made the result even more improbable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It was for Joe (Harris) or Allen (Crabbe),” he said. “It was a broken play. I saw an opening and I took it.”Cleveland seemed to have sealed the win when Jordan Clarkson, who scored a career-high 42 points, made a go-ahead jumper in the final minute to put the Cavaliers ahead and added two free throws for a 128-125 lead. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Brooklyn called timeout and Carroll was double-teamed in the corner after taking the inbounds pass. He took a couple of dribbles to his left and put up the shot. Carroll fell to the floor and was mobbed by his teammates, who stormed off the bench.Russell, who is headed to play in his first All-Star game, had two points in the first half and scored Brooklyn’s first 11 points in third overtime, including two 3-pointers.Russell’s teammates pulled him aside at halftime with a clear message.“They kept pushing me,” he said. “They weren’t letting me get down. I made sure I got the ball.”Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said: “He was really strong in the second half and all the overtimes, but that’s the sign of an All-Star.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The Chiefs, seeded No. 2, defeated host South Hills 38-21 to wrap up their second title in three years. Santa Fe was able to knock off West Covina in the semifinal round after losing in the finals to the Bulldogs last season. Williams is 36-0 with 16 pins and is ranked No. 1 in the state. Angel Molina, a senior, won by technical fall (19-4) over Damon Kuklinski at 189 in a match many expected to be closer. “This was really big for us,” Molina said. “This is a confidence-builder because we know we can wrestle at this level.” Marcus Orona (119) is 35-1 after an early pin of South Hills’ Mitchell Chatfield. Mike Ramos helped the Huskies to a 3-0 team lead after defeating Anthony Corona, 12-6. Niko Crouch got the Chiefs even after an 8-4 victory over Mike Stragier at 160. Stragier, though, helped get South Hills going in the semifinals over the No. 1-seeded Braves. Kohl Crawford (130) was big all day for the Huskies and finished the night with a 9-6 victory over Nigel Villalobos. Josh Pearson earned a 2-0 decision over Miguel Garcia at 189. “We’ve been able to lean on Josh all year,” Williams said. Santa Fe heavyweight Lenny Romero was a 9-4 victor over Alex Arias. The Chiefs’ Marcus Acuna (215) defeated Cody Roberts, 6-2. “Marcus wrestled very well and I think we came together as a team in the last two weeks for some reason,” Molina said. Santa Fe’s Dimitri Crouch (103) pinned Joseph Talarico in the middle of the second period. Daniel Couts (140) won a 2-1 decision for the Chiefs over Sal Castillo. Chris Westrup (125) was a 7-1 winner over Joel Camacho. “To beat West Covina after losing to them last year and then to win it all was very special,” Molina said. Williams is confident the Huskies will rebound next week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Their shirts said it all: “On A Mission.” Santa Fe High School cut through the heart of the San Antonio League to capture the CIF-Southern Section Wrestling Division III dual championship on Saturday. “I am very proud of our guys,” Chiefs coach Sal Garcia said. “They all worked so hard and the conditioning paid off in the end because we won a lot of third-period matches.” The Huskies eliminated top-seeded St. John Bosco in the semifinals, but ran out of gas in the finals when they lost 10 of their 15 matches. Matt Montgomery’s pin of Jasper Morales in the 135-pound class at 2:13 clinched the championship for Santa Fe, setting off a celebration for the team and its fans. South Hills’ Thomas Williams won all four of his matches Saturday, including a pin at 1:42 over Keith Fernandez in the 112-pound division. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t wrestle to our ability (in the final match),” Williams said, “but I am very proud of my teammates for working this hard.”
Re: “LAPD takes a beating” (May 3): The eruption of violence in MacArthur Park against the police after the May 1 march, and the potential for an out-of-control riot, were chilling for those of us who live nearby. In the early ’90s “civil disturbance,” we were blockaded into our homes for a week, breathing choking smoke rather than air, as our neighbors’ homes and businesses burned. Howling sirens accompanied the constant roar of helicopters. Emergency services were so overwhelmed that we had to personally protect our properties and loved ones. The threat of any group venting destructive anger and terrorizing any community for any cause must be instantly curtailed. Thank you, LAPD, for acting quickly and courageously so that the residents in our near-downtown area, including the thousands of immigrants in local low-cost housing, were kept safe on May 1. – Phyllis M. Daugherty Los Angeles Time to talk Re: “Time to start talking Turkey” (Daily News OnLine, April 30): On Feb. 5, Diane Sawyer traveled to Syria and spoke with the president, Bashar al-Assad, about the war in Iraq. Al-Assad stated that in order for peace to ensue, America needs to start a conversation with Syria. Now, Bridget Johnson presents evidence that suggests that America should start a conversation with Turkey, that it could also provide assistance in the mission for peace. The sad reality is that latter information will probably take the same route as the first, and go virtually unnoticed. So, let me strike up an even more general call for action and say: “It’s time to start talking Middle East.” – Tanya Meaida Northridge We do our part, but … Re: “Bush veto sustained; talks start” (May 3): The men in my family have fought in every American war from the Civil War to the present. I fought in Vietnam. My son is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in September. The president tried to make the case that if we abandon Iraq, the terrorists will use it as a training and recruiting ground as the Taliban and UBL used Afghanistan to plan 9-11. If you buy that, then we should also impose secular moderate Muslim governments in Syria and Iran and use military force to root out Muslim terrorists in Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, the West Bank, etc. Let’s stop the senseless loss of young American lives and the expenditure of our national treasure. Instead, let’s secure our borders, enhance our intelligence-gathering capabilities, and bring our sons and daughters home. For the record, I am a Republican. – Max Morgan Valencia Accountability Re: “Bush veto sustained; talks start” (May 3): As a public-school teacher and the mother of a Marine, I will lose my job if I fail to meet President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” benchmarks that show accountability and progress in my class. It is ironic that this same administration and its Republican supporters in Congress, which wantonly squanders our tax dollars and the lives of our children, tells us we have no right to expect accountability and progress with their protracted war in Iraq. – Helen Logan-Tackett Fullerton Pay the late fees The 2006 Statement of Registration of Rental Units says “Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code (L.A.M.C.) Sec. 151.05, no landlord shall demand or collect rent for a rental unit without first serving a copy of a valid registration statement from the City of Los Angeles on a tenant of that rental unit.” That registration statement was valid only through April 30, 2007. I have not received my statement; I cannot collect rents which, because of the law, are now late. Is the city responsible for theses late fees due to the fact of their own incompetence? – Brian Paul West Los Angeles What founders wanted Read the Constitution. If it sounds as if control over matters military was placed squarely in the hands of the House and Senate, then the founders succeeded in communicating their intent. James Madison and the other authors of the Constitution were exceptionally blunt about their hope that the president would serve as a mere commander in chief, implementing the directions of the Congress with regard to the targets or military actions, the characters of those actions and their durations. – Gene Pearcy Canoga Park Presidential power? The permission for the president to declare war is given so that if we were suddenly attacked, he can initiate an immediate response. To use this power to expand a war which is unwinnable, and against the will of the majority of the people, is totally inappropriate and could be cause for impeachment. The argument that to back out now shows weakness is not accurate, because everybody in Iraq knows that we could wipe out all their major cities overnight. Support our troops. Bring them home. – Mike Dickson Encino He’s an expert The president recently vetoed a bill to phase out our involvement in Iraq, saying it was a timetable for failure. After all, who should know more about failure than George Bush? – Bob Danis Santa Clarita Less than truthful Re: “Stakes get higher in grocery labor talks” (Business, May 3): Your story is a more or less public admission that it’s the unions that have been less than truthful about the delays in negotiations. Their “stalling until other contracts expire may help the union get what they want.” Isn’t it funny that the grocery workers union claim in the media that management is the one slowing things down? We all now know the truth. It’s time for the union to sit down and work toward a fair pact without delay. – Robert Donin Los Angeles Victims not so lucky Re: “Serial killer guilty of 11 murders” (May 1): There was a time when one convicted of a heinous crime would shudder upon the pronouncement of guilt. The mere thought of what came next tore into their worst fears. They knew hell awaited. Now there is rarely a response at all. They can afford to be cool and stoic. When you have crossed the threshold of murder, rape and mutilation, a sentence of jail time, of rights and TV, of food, shelter and basketball for life, hardly seems commensurate to the crime. A mere slap on the wrist. For many of the worst, we have taken the fear out of punishment and we dutifully pay $50,000 to $80,000 each, per year, to assure such animals get to live out their lives according to the standards they spat upon. If only some of their victims could have been that lucky. – Michael E. White Burbank Versatile, but bitter Re: “Virginia Tech shooting” (Your Opinions, May 2): Kudos to reader Jerry Pennington for being able to bash Bush when even discussing the tragedy at Virginia Tech – that just shows the versatility of our bitter Valley Democrats. When the earthquake hit in Northridge, did you depend on local law enforcement? Or were you standing around complaining because Bush Sr. (editor’s note: Bill Clinton was president at the time) didn’t send the FBI out to take over the streets? The federal government is not the first response in a natural disaster – hopefully cities and states have plans in place, but Louisiana didn’t. Granted, Bush and FEMA did not respond quickly enough, but it wasn’t just them, it was the mayor (a Democrat) and the governor (a Democrat) who did absolutely nothing but save themselves. Jerry, when you point your finger – point it in the mirror and take some accountability, OK? – Kim Greene Studio City 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
6 6. Dropping Simon Mignolet – albeit for four games – Dropping the Belgian was necessary given his poor form and while his recall to the first team was through circumstance rather than design, Simon Mignolet looks a different man from the one who was described by Kop hero Bruce Grobbelaar as being like a vampire (scared of crosses, geddit?). Protected by a more assured backline, Mignolet is certainly feeding off of the good vibes of his defence, but in terms of his shot-stopping and decision-making, this looks like a man who is taking full advantage of his second-chance. 2. Daniel Sturridge’s return from injury – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – An important factor in Liverpool regaining their attacking edge has, unsurprisingly, been the return of Sturridge. While he hasnt necessarily been bagging the amount of goals some would have expected, Sturridges all-round attacking play has been a cut above that offered by Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert. Since his return to action, the Redmen have scored 12 times in seven matches, an encouraging statistic and one that could prove important during the final furlong in the season. Cast your mind back to the middle of December and Liverpool were at perhaps the lowest point of their season.Comprehensively beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford by an admittedly low-par Manchester United side, the Reds’ domestic campaign looked to be hanging by a thread.Since then though, Brendan Rodgers’ men have undergone a transformation that has seen them embark on a hugely impressive run of just one defeat in 18 matches in all competitions – 1-0 against Chelsea in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup – winning 12 and drawing five.Their latest victory – 2-0 away to fellow Champions League hopefuls Southampton – leaves the Redmen just two points off the top four and three off third-placed Arsenal.But what have been the reasons for their upswing in form? talkSPORT reveals all… 5. Philippe Coutinho’s form – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – Coutinhos rich vein of form has been crucial to Liverpools upswing in recent weeks. The Brazilian has been at the heart of nearly everything that has been great about the Redmen’s attack and his creativity has, at times, been nothing short of inspirational. His sumptuous strike against Southampton showed that he is finally adding goals to his game as well. While he may not be Liverpools answer to Luis Suarez, he brings a level of intricacy that had been missing earlier in the campaign. 4. Lucas Leiva’s steadying of the ship – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – Although he may be out of action for the time being, the Brazilians return to form and the starting XI was hugely important in the steadying of the ship. Arguably more important that Steven Gerrard in the middle, Lucas did what the Kop captain couldnt provide an effective shield to help settle Liverpools shaky backline. His performances and the Reds subsequent results brought a confidence and winning mentality that was severely lacking. Prior to his injury, Lucas topped the charts in terms of tackling in the Premier League, notching up on average 4.07 tackles-per-game. 3. Re-introduction of wing-backs – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – Rodgers decision to deploy Can as part of a back three has allowed him to re-introduce a wing-back system that has been hugely beneficial to how Liverpool now play. Not only have the Redmen displayed good width, the use of wide men has resulted in the emergence of three exciting players who were looking lost in previous months. Lazar Markovic is finally looking like a £20m player, while Alberto Moreno has found his way in English football after a tricky start. The tactic has also allowed Jordon Ibe to earn his stripes in the first team and bring even more dynamism to Liverpools ranks. 6 6 6 6 Liverpool are on the up and here’s six key reasons why! No. 1: Emre Can in defence – Click the arrow above, right, to see five more reasons behind Liverpool’s excellent form – The German international endured a slow start to life at Anfield, with fans seeing just a brief glimpse of his potential in the narrow defeat to Chelsea at the start of November. Viewed as a bit of a square peg for a round hole, Rodgers struggled to find a place for Can, but the Kop boss looks to have finally found a home for him in defence. Physically impressive and technically gifted, Can has brought strength and consistency to Liverpools backline. Following his deployment at the back, the Reds have conceded just five times in the Premier League, stretching back eight league fixtures, while they have kept five consecutive clean sheets away from home for the first time in 30 years. 6
0Shares0000German sporting goods company Puma upgraded its 2018 outlook after stronger-than-expected third quarter earnings © AFP / CHRISTOF STACHEFRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Oct 25 – German sportswear group Puma raised its 2018 outlook Thursday after a stronger-than-expected third quarter, boosted by a new basketball shoe and some celebrity sparkle from model Adriana Lima and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.The company’s net profit rose 25 percent year-on-year between July and September, to 77.5 million euros ($88 million). Operating, or underlying, profits soared 28 percent to 130 million euros, the leaping-cat brand said.Sales increased 11 percent to 1.2 billion euros, lifted by double digit growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific region.“The third quarter ended a little stronger than we had expected with sales growing organically,” chief executive Bjorn Gulden said in a statement.Despite “very negative” currency impacts in Turkey and Argentina, Gulden said Puma overall “experienced less headwind from currencies in sales than in previous quarters”.The Bavarian group also benefited from new celebrity partnerships, with Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima following in the footsteps of Rihanna and Cara Delevingne to become a Puma brand ambassador.Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, Belgium’s Axel Witsel and Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren meanwhile joined the stable of Puma-sponsored football stars.Looking ahead, Puma expressed confidence for the remainder of the year despite “volatile currencies and an uncertain global trade environment”.Its optimism partly stems from big expectations for Puma’s new basketball sneaker, the Clyde Court Disrupt, that was launched to great fanfare in September as the firm’s first hoops shoe since 1999.The group now expects currency-adjusted sales for the whole of 2018 to increase 14-16 percent, compared with earlier guidance of 12-14 percent.Operating profits are now forecast to come in at 325-335 million euros, up from 310-330 million previously.Net profit is expected to “improve significantly” in 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
77′ Herbie Kane wants to win this match for Rovers on his own. He cuts in from the right before letting fly with a left-footed shot which goes just wide. 1-1 #DRFC #BARDON— Doncaster Rovers FC (@drfc_official) November 24, 2018 gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Herbie Kane in action for Liverpool against Manchester City. How we haven’t beaten them today! We’re missing a striker that can finish! Herbie Kane is different class #drfc #barnsleyfc— Ben Brook (@BigBenjani) November 24, 2018 Herbie Kane > Harry Kane— Sports Punter (@Sports_Punter) November 24, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Herbie Kane is different gravy mate he’ll be the next stevie G— b-dog (@brannyrovers1) November 24, 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Premier League Stories @herbiekane / @HKane can’t tell the difference tbh like…😃 #drfc— Si Lee (@smdrfc) November 24, 2018 1 tense no dice Gutted we didn’t get the 3 points in the last second but overall pleased with a point. @herbiekane absolute different class, I can see him going onto big things, which is unfortunate for us. #drfc— AM (@TheNorthernDad) November 25, 2018 deals 📊MOTM | We want you to vote for your Twitter Man of the Match following the 1-1 draw with @BarnsleyFC in @SkyBetLeagueOne. #DRFC #BARDON— Doncaster Rovers FC (@drfc_official) November 24, 2018 He’s played everywhere in a 3 man midfield. I fancy him to make it in the Premier League in the future if he gets the chance, got everything you need to make it once he’s had a season in the Championship— Matt (@Matt_Walker96) November 25, 2018 Herbie Kane is just too good #DRFC— James (@JimmyDRFC) November 24, 2018 Liverpool fans are about to get very excited as Doncaster Rovers supporters hail on loan midfielder Herbie Kane as the next Steven Gerrard.The 20-year-old joined the League One side in a deal running until January but his performances have been so impressive an extension is to be completed. I think I’m in love with Herbie Kane https://t.co/ydnKyj4ihl— Nosetorious (@DanBonnett) November 24, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED huge blow Best player in the league and one of the best loans we’ve ever had— Matt (@Matt_Walker96) November 25, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Weekly reminder that Herbie Kane is the best player League 1 has ever seen— Matt (@Matt_Walker96) November 24, 2018 Herbie Kane is an actual joke, he plays for England in next 3 years— Josh Bell (@Josh_Bell11) November 24, 2018 Herbie Kane, the magic man. This lad’s going to be a real gem. #DRFC— Into The Empty Net (@DRFC_ITEN) November 24, 2018 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January whoops Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? It hasn’t happened yet due to some ‘complications’ but when it does the Rovers support will be hoping for more scintillating midfield displays from Kane.Press-resistant and tigerish in the tackle, he’s certainly an all-action performer.He’s already being tipped to be an England international by the fans, while they also reckon he could be as good as the legendary Gerrard, which would be special indeed.Kane has earned more attention in recent weeks thanks to four goals in four games across all competitions, including a header at the weekend against Barnsley.But what else are Doncaster supporters saying about him? Find out below… By the way I would not be surprised if Herbie Kane ended up playing for England. My word. 😟🔥 #drfc— Ryan Dunphy (@superryandunphy) November 24, 2018 REVEALED Niall Mason & Herbie Kane best players to ever grace a rovers shirt apart from copps, superb today, how did we not win that? #drfc— b-dog (@brannyrovers1) November 24, 2018 Scenes if we extend Herbie Kane’s loan that lad is gonna go onto play for England Liverpool have one hell of a talent— Matty Banks (@MattyBanksDRFC) November 25, 2018 REAL DEAL shining
The functionality of the da Vinci surgical robot is improved by the different heads that can be attached to the flexible arms.(Image: da Vinci Surgery)MEDIA CONTACTS • Craig DoonanAccount Manager: Leap Communications+27 21 785 3683.RELATED ARTICLES∙ South Africa lead in mHealth∙ Low-cost ultrasound for moms, babies∙ R13.8m surgical centre for South AfricaSulaiman PhilipSurgeons have a saying; ‘If you cut you cry.’ It’s an exhortation to them to take special care and time, especially when performing procedures where space is restricted.Over the past 15 years robotic surgery has developed and evolved as a surgical tool to improve surgical technique in procedures where precision is of the utmost importance. Technology now makes colorectal, gynaecological, urological, cardiac and thoracic procedures less invasive, reducing the risk of complication and speeding up healing time.Until now South African patients were deprived of these benefits, but with the unveiling of the first da Vinci robotic surgery system in South Africa, surgery has taken a giant leap forward.At the unveiling at Pretoria’s Urology Hospital on Wednesday, 2 October, Dr Lance Coetzee, senior consultant urologist and chairperson of the Hospitals Research Committee, acknowledged the cutting-edge innovation of the system by joking, “Robotic surgery is not surgery by robot.”In robotically assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a console and operates robotic arms that manipulate miniaturised tools inserted into the patient’s body through small incisions. For surgeons, whose expertise is based as much in practice and touch as in training, sitting at a console remotely operating robotic arms is an unfamiliar feeling that requires getting used to. Hence, the R17-million cost of the surgical system covers not just the equipment but the specialist training by skilled surgeons certified in its use.Dr Coetzee, who is one of just four South African surgeons qualified to use the system, says an added advantage is that it can be used as a training tool. A miniature lighted camera is able to stream the procedure to multiple monitors, allowing the system to be used to up skill surgeons.“We consider ourselves to be a centre of excellence on the continent; the strict grading system for surgeons was an important consideration for us before we decided to adopt and introduce robotic surgery to South Africa.”BenefitsRobotic surgery benefits include less scarring, pain and blood loss; fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery. In tighter spaces the flexible robotic arms can work more precisely than a surgeon so the traditional large incision is no longer necessary.“The arm mimics the movement of the human wrist so it’s like having a miniature hand inside the abdominal cavity,” Coetzee explained.For his colleagues, it is the precision of the instruments that makes the system popular.“For a prostate surgeon working with delicate male organs the precision you can achieve is the system’s major advantage.”Thomas Dunbar, managing director of medical supply company Earth Medical, says the future of robotic surgery will see medicine moving beyond the limitations of the human hand and eye.“One day a surgeon will be able to perform surgery without even touching the patient.”Sarel van der Walt, managing director of the hospital, believed his doctors when they said that robotic surgery would be a godsend but his concerns were costs. Scepticism from medical aids over the technology did not help make his decision easier.“In the end it came down to this; the technology costs slightly more than conventional surgery but the benefits to patients are multiplied.”The robot in Pretoria has been christened Mthombo – meaning “pure drinking place by a river” in Zulu. The da Vinci surgery system has been used in over a million operations since it first came on the market 13 years ago and will be used in South Africa for the first time on 21 October.
The Basha Uhuru Youth Festival, Constitution Hill’s flagship arts festival, is nowin its fourth year. Held to coincide with Youth Month, the festival takes place from 2 to 25 June 2016. It is a celebration of the artistic freedom of the youth of South Africa, showcasing some of the best in emerging creative talent in film, theatre, music, literature and contemporary art.Begun in 2012 as a week-long collaboration between Constitution Hill and the Johannesburg gallery, Kalashnikovv, the 2016 event is the first time the festival will be held throughout the month of June in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising. It’s also celebrating 20 years of the country’s Constitution.The Basha Uhuru theme this year is empowering the youth through the creative industry by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression.Embracing both history and the future, the festival will include a number of panel discussions addressing some of the challenges the youth of South Africa face today – issues of artistic freedom in the 21st century, free education and evolving movements such as the #FeesMustFall drive – and find ways to use the lessons of the past to find solutions to these contemporary concerns.Student leaders and other relevant key stakeholders will lead the discussions, encouraging all attendees to get involved and have their say in determining a positive way forward.The festival will feature a vast array of art exhibitions, film screenings, creative network exchanges and other discussions on the nature of art in modern South Africa as seen through the eyes of its emerging young creative talent.BashaUhuru Youth Festival is here,commemorating 40 yrs of the 1976 Soweto StudentUprisings. The festival is FREE! pic.twitter.com/E5M6QL7ZVN—Constitution Hill SA (@VisitConHill) May 31,2016Other, more unique exhibitions include a real-time tour that will re-enact the events of June 16th 1976. It follows the unfolding events on that fateful day from Orlando where students first gathered to the infamous Number 4 prison (where Constitutional Hill now stands) where students were incarcerated.There will also be a heritage cycling tour between the Hector Pieterson Museum and Constitutional Hill held throughout the festival.Constitution Hill is also offering complimentary tours to all young people between the ages of 18 and 22, including new additions to the year-round programme, the Walk With Madiba, Night and Time Travel tours.As Youth Month also coincides with Environmental Month, there will also be a focus on environmental awareness, including multi-media art exhibitions by young emerging contemporary artists incorporating the themes of conservation and ecological responsibility.The programme will climax with an all-star music concert at Constitution Square on 25 June, funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. The concert will feature a blend of contemporary South African musicians and DJs, names to be confirmed closer to the date.For the latest updates and additional information on exhibitions at the festival, follow the Constitution Hill social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter (@VisitConHill) and Instagram (@visitconhill).South Africa.info reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The winter has begun to wind down and in the Midwest we anxiously await the first fruits of the season. Rhubarb, though often thought of as a fruit, is actually a vegetable and is one of those firsts of the season. Despite what the groundhog says we all start salivating in a hopeful response that pies, sauces and jams are on their way soon.To my family rhubarb seems so ordinary and easily accessible. It reminds us of simpler times, when if we didn’t have any rhubarb in our own gardens or backyards, we would head to the neighbors and ask them for some, returning several days later with a rhubarb treat as a thank you.My first memories of rhubarb were helping my grandma scoop out the antique or highly composted lamb manure to put on the rhubarb patch. It made the rhubarb thrive and produce the best tasting stalks. It is funny how in 2017 that would not be deemed food safe nor meet the GAP and Food Safety Modernization Act requirements. However, I never remember an illness stemming from her kitchen creations. My grandma and I would gather a basket full of rhubarb and head into her kitchen to whip up cream pies and sauces. Her pie remains one of my Dad’s favorites to this day. The history of rhubarb dates back to 2700 B.C. in China where rhubarb was used for medicinal purposes. My brother says I need to be shorter rather than longer, so let’s fast forward through the Liang, Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties to 1837 when a new variety of rhubarb took the Victorian age by storm. The variety called Victoria was introduced in the same year as a new Queen, sharing the same name took the throne. It was easy to grow, sweet, robust and tender —perfect for jams, jellies, pies, custards and sauces. It even became the main ingredient in savory dishes of meat, cheese and stuffing. To this day, there is even a “rhubarb triangle” in England. In this special place, English farmers continue to force rhubarb early, cultivating and harvesting it in the dark. History.com states that 90% of the world’s forced sweet rhubarb is still produced there today. Rhubarb was introduced to the new world around 1800 and became popular in similar sweet and savory dishes. It continued to be popular in kitchens until after the World Wars. Then the hot ingredient became “Not.” The old fashioned sweet tart goodness has started a revival back in dishes across kitchens today. It can be hard to find unless you have a vintage patch in your garden, a rhubarb-loving neighbors or local store that stocks the crimson stalks.Rhubarb thrives in northern climates of England and U.S. It loves and needs to go through a cold winter. In the spring when stalks get about 10 inches long, gently pull them from the plant. The leaves are poisonous with high levels of oxalic acid and should be cut off the stalks. I love to compost the leaves around the plant. It’s important to never harvest all of the stalks. Some stalks are needed to give the plant energy to make it through until next year’s harvest.Rhubarb is often paired with strawberries, raspberries and other fruit. No matter what you add to compliment your next recipe with rhubarb, it’s sure to charm you and your family in the months ahead. Eat Well & Healthy!Shelly Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pudding Cake common sense homesteading http://commonsensehome.com/ 2 cups chopped rhubarb1 3/4 cup sugar, divided3 tablespoons butter, softened1 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup milk1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon almond extract1 cup sifted flour1 tablespoon cornstarch2/3 cup boiling water Cover the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch square or pie pan with fruit.Mix 3/4 cup sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, extracts, milk and flour together (add a little more milk if it is too thick to pour); pour over fruit. Mix remaining sugar and cornstarch; sprinkle over mixture in pan. Pour boiling water over the top.Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, a little longer for gluten free flours. Yield: 9 servings.Notes: You make also substitute a gluten free flour blend such as Namaste Foods Gluten Free Flour Blend. Josephine’s Rhubarb Cream Pie 1 pie crust, ready to bake2 cups rhubarb, cut in small chunks2 eggs, beaten1 ½ c sugar3 Tbsp. flour½ tsp. nutmeg1 Tbsp. butter Preheat oven to 450°. Layer slices of chunks of rhubarb in pie crust. Mix eggs, sugar, flour and nutmeg well with either a blender, whisk, mixer or by hand. Pour custard over rhubarb. Bake for 10 minutes at 450°. Reduce temp to 350° and bake 45 minutes or until set. Roasted Rhubarb & Beets marthastewart.com Slices of rhubarb’s ruby stemsHalved baby beetsOlive oilSalt and pepperChopped toasted walnuts Toss rhubarb slices with olive oil and beets. Season with salt and pepper, and roast at 375 degrees until tender. Top with walnuts to finish. Rhubarb Lamb Stew nytimes.com1 Tbsp. ground cumin1 Tbsp. kosher salt (I would reduce this to about ½ tsp. or less)1 ½ cups plus 1 Tbsp. water14 oz. rhubarb, trimmed and cut on the diagonal in 1/8-inch slices (2 cups)2 lbs. boneless leg of lamb, cut in 1 1/4-inch cubes3 medium-size cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and minced1 Tbsp. cornstarch1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, chopped Stir cumin and salt into 1 1/2 cups of water. Mound rhubarb in the center of a 2 1/2-quart soufflé dish with a tight-fitting lid. Pour cumin mixture around rhubarb. Cook, covered, at 100 percent power in a high-power oven for 7 minutes 30 seconds.Remove from oven and uncover. Arrange lamb in layers around the inside rim of the dish. Sprinkle garlic over lamb. Re-cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once.While soup is cooking, stir remaining tablespoon of water into cornstarch. Remove dish from oven and uncover. Stir a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid into the cornstarch mixture. Stir the mixture and the cilantro into soup. Re-cover and cook for 2 minutes.Remove from oven and uncover. Ladle into bowls; serve immediately. Rhubarb Cream Bars cookinglight.com Crust:1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar1/8 teaspoon salt9 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small piecesCooking spray Filling:1/3 cup all-purpose flour1 1/2 cups sugar1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk3 large eggs5 cups (1/2-inch) sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb (unthawed)Topping:1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup (4 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese1/2 cup (4 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawedMint sprigs (optional) Preheat oven to 350°. To prepare crust, lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.To prepare filling, lightly spoon 1/3 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1/3 cup flour and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large bowl; add milk and eggs, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Stir in rhubarb. Pour rhubarb mixture over crust. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until set. Cool to room temperature.To prepare topping, place 1/2 cup sugar, cheeses, and vanilla in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping; spread evenly over baked custard. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are two types of presentations, and they are very different. Because your audience has different expectations, choosing the wrong presentation type may cause you to fail in achieving your outcome, whether that be to inform, inspire, or compel action.Lean Backward PresentationsA lot of the advice given to presenters isn’t good advice for every situation, especially sales situations. You are not giving a “Ted Talk” when you are presenting in a board room. That said, you may be giving a “Lean Backward” presentation.Your audience may expect and want you to present. They may want you to provide them with information, tell your story, and provide ideas about what your solution might look like. Even if there is a C-Level executive in the room, their expectation may be that you are briefing them, and they expect to lean backwards, and ask their questions at the end of your presentation.Lean Forward PresentationsSome presentations are a dialogue. It doesn’t matter whether or not you prepared a slide deck, meticulously laid out your case, and that your intention is to drive through the deck, logically laying out your arguments. If your prospective client, your audience, is expecting a lean forward presentation, you are going to engage in a dialogue.In a “Lean Forward” presentation, your audience has questions and ideas they want to share with you. You may prompt those questions by sharing ideas and information with your client, but their primary outcome is to get answers to their questions. There are some C-Level executives who have no interest in leaning backwards to watch you present. They simply need answers, and you need to provide them.Close The LaptopI once had a meeting with a client and I brought a slide deck that had incredible graphics and would answer any question he might ask. When I sat down he said, “Don’t open your laptop. I have a list of questions I need you to answer.” Sitting in front of him was a yellow legal pad with about 18 questions written on the first page.All of the questions would’ve been answered had I used the slide deck, but that wasn’t the presentation my audience needed. I closed the laptop, and began to answer his questions one by one. He would’ve enjoyed the graphics in the presentation that I might have shown him and that would have supported our conversation. But he wanted a “Lean Forward” presentation. And that’s what he got. And I won his business. How do you prepare to give the presentation your audience wants, needs, and expects from you?How do you prepare to deliver a “Lean Forward” presentation?