ND continues work in Haiti one year after quake

first_imgOne year after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, the Notre Dame Haiti Program remains present in the country through relief efforts and public health programs, Sarah Craig, the program manager, said. “We were in Haiti before, during and after the earthquake,” Craig said. “We saw a need to step aside from our public health program to address the efforts for relief after the earthquake.” The Notre Dame Haiti Program, led by Fr. Tom Streit, fights infectious diseases throughout the country. The program specifically targets lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. After the earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the Haiti Program turned its attention to the emergency. Streit and other volunteers provided medical support for victims of the earthquake’s destruction. Craig said over 100 of 500 volunteers were Notre Dame alumni from the medical profession. These volunteers saw over 30,000 patients, performed 700 surgeries and delivered 250 babies during the six months following the earthquake, she said. The volunteers faced basic challenges such as the lack of shelter, transportation, water and food. Medical supplies and support were also scarce, Craig said. “We also are addressing some of the needs for rebuilding, specifically in Léogâne where we are headquartered,” Craig said. “Our building there is our home base and where we concentrate most of our efforts.” According to the program’s summer 2010 newsletter, the earthquake did not alter the program’s mission. “In truth, The Notre Dame Haiti Program’s mission in Haiti has never changed. For 17 years, the program has aided and fought for Haiti by researching elimination methods for lymphatic filariasis (LF) and neglected tropical diseases (NTD),” the newsletter stated, “But since the beginning, the overarching goal has been improving the lives of the people of Haiti, and in that respect, the last six months have been no different.” Following the earthquake, a cholera outbreak disrupted the program’s work with lymphatic filariasis and other diseases. “Almost worse than the earthquake was the cholera outbreak in the fall,” Craig said. The Haiti Program will resume its disease elimination programs beginning Monday. As the program turns back to treat disease elimination, rebuilding was still an agenda for Notre Dame volunteers. “Disease elimination is our forte and what we are in Haiti to do,” Craig said. “But we still will work on rebuilding because we are morally and ethically responsible to do so.” The Haiti Program headquarters in Léogâne and the program’s three other facilities in the country remained standing in the middle of rubble after the earthquake. The buildings were among the few with running water and electricity. Student groups such as ND Fighting NTDs and the Haiti Working Group were also among the organizations that reached out to victims in Haiti. These groups used the crisis in Haiti to highlight the need for public health initiatives. ND Fighting NTDs president Emily Conron said she hopes the club will send students to Haiti someday to witness its public health initiatives firsthand. “We use Haiti as an example of how focusing on neglected tropical diseases can help the community,” Conron said. “By focusing on public health the economic and social and even emotional repercussions [of these initiatives are] very clear.” The Haiti Program is an example of how public health programs can encourage hope for a better future, Conron said. In a summer 2010 thank-you letter to all Haiti Program volunteers, Streit explained the involvement of the Notre Dame community in Haiti. “A network of ND-connected health professionals is continuing to save lives,” the letter stated. “ND engineers have already helped determine the viability of important structural assets in several communities, while ND architects are part of a massive 11 school building project in Léogâne. Many alumni are working in response teams addressing nutrition, relief logistics and development planning. “Haiti requires the kind of support that is both immediate and enduring as well as a profound commitment to the idea that if we are part of the Body of Christ together, we are all at this moment Haitians.”last_img read more

Rossi, Vinales cheat death as morbidelli, Zarco crash

first_img(BBC) – MOTOGP riders, Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco, crashed at the Austrian Grand Prix, with Valentino Rossi narrowly avoiding a collision as their bikes careered across the track.Yamaha’s Morbidelli and Johann Zarco of Avintia Ducati were up and walking after the incident.The two riders came together on turn three, with Maverick Vinales, another rider close to hitting their bikes.“It was so scary, it was terrifying,” Rossi said.“Franco’s bike passed me at an incredible speed and also the bike of Zarco jumped over Maverick. We were very lucky.”Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won when the race resumed after a 20-minute pause.Nine-time world champion Rossi, 41, who recently said he does not have a “clear deadline” for retirement, looked visibly shaken after the crash.The victory was Dovizioso’s third at the track and meant Ducati have won every race since the circuit was added to the calendar in 2016.last_img read more

Who failed West Indies rising star Shaquana Quintyne?

first_imgBy Donald OliverSEVEN years ago I was watching this T20 series involving the hosts West Indies women, England women and New Zealand women in Barbados.The West Indies won the triangular tournament in which Deandra Dottin was named MVP. Stafanie Taylor was named player of the final as West Indies defeated England by a resounding eight wickets.However, during that tournament, a 17-year-old girl impressed me, and I just knew she was going to be a superstar.Against England, Shaquana Quintyne almost single-handedly won a match for the West Indies that we had absolutely no business winning. England were 69 without loss, chasing 141 to win with openers Charlotte Edwards, England’s skipper and the number two batter in the world at that time, and Lauren Winfield going great guns.Shaquana, however, with her leg-spin, picked up both openers and also added the world’s best batter at the time Sarah Taylor as another scalp.The much-vaunted England batting wilted under the pressure, and the girl from Barbados had stolen my heart and garnered admirers all over the world as she picked up a career best 5-16 off 4 overs. I still remember her beaming child-like toothy smile during that game.The following March, she was ranked the second-best bowler in all of T20 cricket.But this story does not have a happy ending.Shaquana Quintyne at just 24 years old and she cries herself to sleep.She cries not just because of the pain she endures in her leg but she’s haunted by a future she now knows she will never have.In March 2017 while fielding in a West Indies squad practice match at the Coolidge cricket ground in Antigua, Shaquana did some damage to her right knee. She felt the pain immediately.What happened afterwards was a laid back, negligent response to her plight.After all, what does a 21-year-old girl know about serious injury? It must be an exaggeration. She’s fine. Give her ice and Cataflam, that’ll do it.Neither the Cataflam nor the ice worked.A month later, when the pain became unbearable, she took it upon herself to get an MRI scan done. And the scan showed she had a full-blown posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) grade three tear. Then and only then did the medical team of the then West Indies Cricket Board take it upon themselves to advise her to have the urgent surgery needed… three months later in Jamaica.And so the up-and-coming star, who was at this time, the captain of the Barbados team, had to go under the knife on June 8, 2017, and do surgery, (by a WICB recommended doctor) which could take her out of the action for about a year.However, while in Jamaica in the immediate aftermath of her release from the hospital, she experienced more pain. Ripped stitches and blood made for a dramatic scene at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel before she was rushed back to the hospital.And although she was put on a first-class flight from Jamaica to Barbados, one week after that intrusive surgery, it wouldn’t have helped being on a plane for 12 hours, and in high altitude making stops in Antigua and Trinidad.Back in Barbados… more pain. Shaquana was told it was all in her mind.However it was clear she needed another surgery.And four months later, an independent surgeon from Barbados, removed one of the screws implanted and found out that the graft from the first surgery did not take hold. The doctor also noticed her right knee was not positioned properly back into the socket. There was nothing the doctor could do for Shaquana then and there. The recommendation was to go to Canada.By the time the third surgery came around in Canada in April of 2018 at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, the doctor informed her that based on the damage in her knee, and the lack of cartilage, she would not play cricket again.And this is when the support of Shaquana by Cricket West Indies (CWI) stopped.Previously, according to the board, the Total and Permanent Disablement policy, which did not exist for the women’s team in 2017 was extended to the young Bajan, in light of her injury.Since the third operation in Canada, however, she has had to fend for herself. She went under the knife for a fourth time, in Canada where she spent six months in rehab. In total her expenses have exceeded US$30,000.There has been radio silence from Cricket West Indies since June 14, 2018 under the previous administration led by Dave Cameron. Not a call. Not a bit of inquisition. Not a care in the world. And nothing has changed under the new administration led by Ricky Skerritt.I once had empathy for sporting associations which, based on the economic climate in the Caribbean, can do little to help athletes. However it is bordering on cruel to totally abandon one of your brightest stars, a young star, a girl, in her hour of need.The call by chairman of selectors Courtney Browne informing her she would not have been offered a central contract for 2018 to 2019 despite the fact she was injured on the job, wreaks of the injustice many in this world are fighting against today. At the first opportunity, she was forsaken.Where is the West Indies Players Association  (WIPA) in all this? Their last call to her was on her birthday in January of 2019… wishing her all the best. No solid representation from an association of which she is still a member.There is no argument which can be made stating that enough was done. The loyalty of our regional cricketers should never be questioned until this travesty is addressed.Who failed Shaquana Quintyne? There are so many dirty hands at the moment.(Donald Oliver is a football and cricket commentator and a senior producer at SportsMax. Learn more about him at www.thedonaldoliver.com or email him at [email protected])last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2.View Roundup 03-05 in a larger mapCrimes against propertyAt 2:01 p.m. on March 1, a suspect entered the Pertusati University Bookstore and removed a textbook and placed it in his backpack. The suspect was transported to LAPD 77th Street Division and charged with theft.Miscellaneous incidentsat 2:53 a.m. on March 2, a staff member parked and secured his vehicle in the University Village parking lot. When he returned, his right rear side window was smashed but no property was missing.at 1:43 a.m. on March 2, DPS responded to two suspects pouring what appeared to be gasoline on two couches on Orchard Avenue. DPS observed the substance to be motor oil not gasoline. The officers cleared the area and the incident was determined non-USC related.at 10:53 p.m. on March 1, a taxi driver on Adams Boulevard and Portland Street reported that he was involved in a business dispute over a cell phone. The driver said that during the struggle over the cell phone he was inadvertently hit in the face.at 3:57 p.m. on March 1, Environmental Health & Safety responded to an acidic liquid spill in Mudd Memorial Research Building. A student accidentally spilled the liquid onto her face. The student was transported to White Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.at 3:05 p.m. on March 1, DPS officers responded to a report of two students involved in an argument at the School of Cinematic Arts building and detained for questioning. Each party accused the other of pushing and shoving, but neither party desired criminal prosecution of the matter. Both parties were cited to Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.last_img read more

XLMedia’s largest backers execute London AIM cash-out

first_img Submit Ory WeihsIssuing a market note, London AIM listed industry marketing and player acquisition specialist XLMedia has informed that its two largest shareholders WebPals Entertainment and Partners Limited Partnership have agreed to sell their remaining stakes in its enterprise.The joint disposal will see early stage investor WebPals and Israeli VC fund Partners Limited place 64.2 million of XLMedia shares for sale, at a target price of 110p per share.The combined share sale represents approximately 32% of equity in XLMedia, for a sum of £70.6 million.  XLMedia governance has confirmed that private bank Berenberg will be acting a sole bookrunner for the transaction.As a result of the share sale, XLMedia Chief Executive and Founder Ory Weihs will be forced to decrease his corporate shareholding from 4.5 to 2.7 million shares, as Weihs holds an indirect attachment to investor WebPals Entertainment.Last February, WebPals sold 40 million XLMedia shares, representing a 20% stake, at 100p per share.Presenting its full-year 2016 financial results this March, XLMedia governance reported company revenues of $103 million with FY net profits of $31 million (2015: $24.3 million); Share XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Share Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Related Articles XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more