Bayern sign Rodriguez on loan deal from Real Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation In this March 24, 2017, photo, Detroit Pistons’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope takes a shot against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press Tuesday night, July 11, 2017 that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract. (AP Photo/John Raoux)LOS ANGELES — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal hasn’t been announced.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. By agreeing to a one-year deal with the rebuilding Lakers, Caldwell-Pope will be able to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent in 2018 when a longer-term deal could be available from the Lakers or another club.Los Angeles appears to be using all of its available salary cap space on Caldwell-Pope. He will be their second highest-paid player next season behind newly acquired center Brook Lopez, who also will be a free agent next summer.General manager Rob Pelinka has said the Lakers are firmly committed to preserving enough cap space in 2018 to sign two free agents to max contracts. Luol Deng and Jordan Clarkson are the only veterans on Los Angeles’ roster with a contract beyond the upcoming season.Caldwell-Pope is suspended for the first two games of next season. He was arrested in March, and he pleaded guilty last month to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.ADVERTISEMENT Caldwell-Pope was among the top handful of talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The former eighth overall pick from Georgia averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season while starting 75 games.The 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Pope could play a major role next season for the Lakers alongside point guard Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick. Los Angeles traded D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn last month, and Nick Young signed with Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Caldwell-Pope also is a strong two-way player who should improve the Lakers’ defensive competence. Los Angeles became a solid offensive team last season under first-year coach Luke Walton, but only two teams allowed more than the Lakers’ 111.5 points per game.Detroit renounced its rights to Caldwell-Pope last week after acquiring Avery Bradley in a trade with Boston. Caldwell-Pope has been a starter since his rookie season with the Pistons, but they elected not to award him a lucrative long-term deal to stay. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments
DALLAS, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Jeff Teague #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 17, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPMILWAUKEE — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague is day to day with a left knee injury.Teague’s Grade 1 MCL sprain was welcome news for Minnesota, which feared he had a more serious issue. Teague had an MRI at Mayo Clinic on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s about as good as you can hope for,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “No structural damage. He didn’t have much swelling. He was walking around today.”Thibodeau said Teague had the same issue earlier in his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The fact that he had this injury once before when he was a rookie, so I think he understands what he has to go through,” he said.The 29-year-old Teague was ruled out for Minnesota’s game at Milwaukee. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Chiefs flaunt tough roster Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Teague limped off the court in the final minute of the fourth quarter of the team’s overtime victory over Denver on Wednesday night. Teague had 11 points and 10 assists in the win.Teague is averaging 13.4 points, 7.3 assists and a career-high 34.2 minutes per game in his first season with the Timberwolves. He missed four games last month because of an Achilles injury. View comments
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Elfrid Payton had his fifth straight triple-double and Julius Randle scored 30 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Mavericks 129-125 in overtime Monday night.Nowitzki moved past Chamberlain (31,419 points) by making his first two shots of the game. The first was a 20-footer off an assist from Jalen Brunson. Then the 40-year-old German took a feed from Luka Doncic and backed down Kenrich Williams before turning and launching from the top of the key.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I took my time and faced him up like I’ve done a million times and tried to shoot over him,” Nowitzki said. “It was good to get it over with in the first two shots.”Payton had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Dallas rookie Luka Doncic turned in a triple-double of his own with 29 points, 13 boards and 10 assists, including the pass that put Nowitzki higher up in the record book. “The league wanted a change, and I came in at the right time,” Nowitzki said. “They basically forced teams to do a little more movement and more pick-and-roll. All the guys now can shoot and spread the floor. It was just perfect for me and for my skill set.”Nowitzki’s skill set has naturally diminished with age, especially this season. He missed the first 26 games after offseason ankle surgery and has averaged only six points per game — 15 below his career average. He started for just the ninth time Monday and played 12 minutes.“Not many people on the outside know the kinds of sacrifices to be on the floor to accomplish something like this,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s just another credit to how he’s approached his entire career.”WITNESS TO HISTORYRandle, a Dallas native who grew up watching Nowitzki and admires his inside-outside game, was in the arena for Nowitzki’s previous major milestone as a member of the Lakers when Nowitzki passed the 30,000-point mark.“I was just happy he didn’t hit the shot on me,” Randle said. “It’s crazy to see he’s breaking a record every time I come. It just shows you his accomplishments and his achievements.”HOME SWEET HOMEAlso serendipitous was Nowitzki reaching the milestone in Dallas — he is the only NBA player to spend 21 seasons with one team. The club launched a new marketing campaign Monday called 41.21.1, commemorating his uniform number and his tenure with the team. It is anticipated that this will be his final season, though Nowitzki has only said publicly he will decide at the end of the year. He reiterated that statement after the game.FRANTIC FINISHRandle scored 11 points in the final 3:29 of regulation, helping the Pelicans rally to force overtime. Doncic made the second of two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to tie the score at 110, and Randle missed a turnaround at the buzzer. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Payton and Frank Jackson each had six points in OT for the Pelicans, who ended a six-game losing streak.“It’s great, especially after what happened the other day,” Payton said, referring to Saturday’s overtime loss to last-place Phoenix. “To be in a similar situation as far as a close game, to be able to pull it out is big.”TIP-INSPelicans: Anthony Davis had 20 points in 21 minutes. Jackson scored 19.Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points. Salah Mejri scored a season-high nine. … Doncic has scored 20 or more points in 38 games, second among Mavs rookies to Jay Vincent (53) in 1981-82.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.Mavericks: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Jazz wallop Wizards to start crucial road trip in NBA playoff race “He deserves everything good that happens to him,” Doncic said. “It’s amazing the things he has accomplished, but this one is really amazing for him.”Nowitzki finished with eight points, giving him 31,424 in his 21 seasons — trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.The two jumpers were a fitting way for Nowitzki to pass Chamberlain, whose listed height of 7-foot-1 is only an inch taller than Nowitzki. But the two achieved their point totals with contrasting styles of play.Chamberlain once averaged more than 50 points in a season, dominating inside to such a degree that the NBA widened the paint in an effort to neutralize him.Nowitzki, meanwhile, has made nearly 2,000 3-pointers in his prolific career, establishing the trend of big men with long-range shooting capabilities. He’s an 88 percent free throw shooter, 37 points higher than Chamberlain’s mark.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots as New Orleans Pelicans’ Kenrich Williams (3) defends and Pelicans’ Julius Randle (30) and Anthony Davis (23) watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, March 18, 2019. With the basket, Nowitzki became the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS— For the 7-footer who has built a Hall of Fame career shooting from the outside, it was the perfect way to reach his latest milestone.Dirk Nowitzki swished a 20-foot jumper with 8:35 left in the first quarter Monday night, passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA’s career scoring list — but it wasn’t enough for the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
…1 recapturedThree juvenile offenders are currently on the run after they along with another – who has since been recaptured – escaped from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Saturday last.The escapees are between the ages 16 and 17. They are from Pamala Backdam, Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Vigilance, East Coast Demerara, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) respectively. The one who has been recaptured is from Blueberry Hill Squatting Area, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The teens were placed at the NOC on offences of larceny, unlawful wounding,The New Opportunity Corps in Region Twodisorderly behaviour and wandering.Reports are on Saturday last, at about 16:00h, the teens opened binding wire attached to the chain-link fence, making way for their escape out of the compound and into the backlands.However, Guyana Times was informed that on Sunday, at about 18:10h, the NOC Administrator (acting), Parasram Singh and staff, were able to re-capture the teen from Linden along the Airy Hall Public Road, on the Essequibo Coast.On Monday, the teen was escorted to the Suddie Public Hospital by a Constable to be examined by medical practitioners.Investigations are ongoing.Prior to this report, there have been several instances where teenagers from the facility have escaped from the juvenile detention centre.Just last month, some 10 minors committed to the institute escaped. However, it was reported that they were all recaptured.In February last, a senior official attached the NOC was being accused of covering up several instances of sexual activity between teens at the correctional facility and staff members of the institution.Over the past months, several female inmates have reported that they were either forced or experienced inappropriate behaviour from two particular staff members at the facility.Back in 2013, an investigation was launched by the then Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry after three inmates were discovered pregnant.The NOC houses youths between the ages of 10 and 18, after they are committed there by the courts to participate in correctional programmes lasting up to three years. (Ramona Luthi)
Local pharmacies are taking a hit from Medicare Part D, but a few shops are bucking the trend by focusing on unique businesses strategically placed at the front of their stores. These front-end businesses, like the ones at three pharmacies highlighted below, offset sinking drug profits and offer a window into what independent pharmacies may look like in the future. Old-fashioned appeal Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena is known less for its drugs than its antique tin ceilings, light fixtures and a soda fountain imported from a pharmacy in Joplin, Mo. “If you live in South Pasadena, this is the kind of place you like to take visitors,” she said. Medical specialty John Sykora has made a living selling products that chain stores don’t want to touch. Sykora, who has owned Abrams & Clark in Long Beach for 30 years, specializes in ostomy products like pouches that collect feces after rectal surgery. Early in his career, he was exposed to the equipment while working in a hospital’s surgical ward. “I had a comfort level working with these products that maybe other people didn’t,” said Sykora, 63. Ostomy products, mastectomy items and uncommon wound dressings generate about half his income. It’s a steady revenue source because nearby chains shy away from these non-impulse buys, he said. Selling specialized medical equipment dovetails with filling prescriptions, which is why he keeps the pharmacy open even though his income from filling prescriptions has dipped. “It’s a nice complement to each other,” Sykora said. Boutique? Dana Drug Store is shoehorned into a strip mall like any other in Los Angeles, but inside, this Burbank pharmacy sells Waterford crystal flutes, University of Southern California beer mugs and bath confetti imported from France. Official Clinique and Estee Lauder cosmetics counters line one side of the store, while the other offers miniature ceramic containers to preserve baby teeth. Oh, and you can fill your Lipitor prescription in back. “I have a lot of people who come into the store and don’t realize there is a pharmacy,” said Ash Zaky, who owns Dana Drug with his wife, Lois. “People think it’s just a boutique.” About half his customers come just for the gifts and luxury goods, he said. One customer in five comes strictly for prescriptions. Zaky, 45, has a business model that chains have championed and that he sees as his ticket to staying open. “The uniqueness of the store can actually give me a competitive edge in the marketplace,” he said. “It’s a convenience store.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Customers sip old-fashioned egg-cream sodas at the counter or eat sandwiches at tables while pharmacist and owner Zahra Shahniani fills prescriptions. The pharmacy brings in 75 to 80 percent of the revenue, but patrons often line up for table service at the restaurant, said general manager Ron Stock. Neither would be viable without the other. “We make jokes what a pain the restaurant is to run, but we have to have it,” Stock said. “All of this draws people to come here.” Anne Dixon remembers coming to the pharmacy when she was 7 years old. Back then it was a stuffy place where employees watched closely for shoplifters. Now, Dixon, 53, was sharing an ice-cream sundae with her daughter and a friend. She doesn’t use the pharmacy because it is not covered by her health plan.
Full time score: Sean MacCumhaills – 0.07 Red Hugh’s 1-03After getting a bye for the first game our minor team opened their league campaign with a defeat to neighbours Red Hugh’s at the cross on Sunday morning.MacCumhaills played with the aid of a breeze in 1st half and at half time the score was Red Hugh’s 1-03 MacCumhaills 0-06. The goal was a defensive mix-up resulting from a free.Some great scores were taken in the 1st half. In the 2nd half, with the aid ofthe breeze Red Hugh’s pushed on and out- scored MacCumhaills by 2-02to 0-01, one of the goals from a penalty and one late on. The lads showed great honesty and endeavour in a very positive display.Next game, League Round 3 is against Convoy in Ballybofey on 14th of March.All support and assistance welcome.MacCumhaill’s scorers – Matthew Griffin 0-03, Padhraic Patton 0-03(0-02F) and Carl Dunnion 0-01 (0-01F) MacCumhaill’s team – C. Gallagher, F. Griffin, S. Thompson, E. Burke,M. Gillespie, D. McConnell, A. Dullaghan, J. Mulligan, N. Gavigan(Capt), A. McAuley, P. Patton, M. Griffin, M. Carlin, C. Dunnion, A.Lynch and Subs used R. Mulligan, M. Doherty and O. O’Brien. GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS MINORS EARN NARROW WIN OVER RED HUGHS was last modified: March 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSport
Tags: Elgon Cuprobert sseguyaRugby Cranestop Comments Uganda has won only 3 of the 15 Elgon Cups. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Uganda will once again face-off with rivals Kenya in the Elgon Cup.The Elgon Cup is a Rugby series that is contested between the Kenya and Ugand.The men’s and women’s teams of these countries each compete annually for their respective cups on a Home-and-Away basis. The competition and the cups are named after Mount Elgon, a mountain on the border of the two countries.This year’s edition first leg will be played in Kenya on Saturday, 22nd June, with the return leg at Kyadondo Grounds, on July 13th.Ahead of the first leg, the Uganda Rugby Union has announced Uganda’s squads for both the men and women.This was during a press briefing at Kyadondo Grounds in Kampala where the Men’s head coach Robert Sseguya promised that his side will put out a good performance.“The mood is very positive and players have been supportive just like the Union, said Sseguya.“They (players) are healthy and good to go as they fight for their nation. I promise the team is going to put out a good show.Sseguya’s Rugby Cranes will be captained by Asuman Mugerwa.For the Women’s team, they will be led by Winnie Atyang who will be deputized by Peace Lekuru.The Ladies are making their return to the Elgon Cup after years of the competition not embracing their category.The Ladies are preparing to take part in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in South Africa, in August.Fifty Ladies have been training for over a week and like the men, only 23 have been selected to represent the Uganda in Kisumu.Uganda has in the past won only three Elgon Cups with Kenya triumphing on 12 occasions.Kenya has won 13 Elgon Cups.The Ladies will play first on Saturday at 1:30pm while the Men’s action starts at 4pm.The SquadsLady Rugby CranesStarting List Faith Namugga, Yvonne Najjuma, Christine Nakayiza, Charity Atimango, Helen Gizamba, Mary Gloria Ayot, Winnie Atyang (C), Beatrice Atom Lamunu, Samya Ayikoru, Charlotte Mudoola, Christine Akello, Peace Lekuru, Aisha Nakityo Nabulime, Rita Nadunga, Mary Odoyi KyoitaSubs Peace Mirembe, Warry Ssenfuka Joanita, Fortunate Irakunda, Irene Ziggy, Lydia Namabiro, Juliet Nandawula, Diana Kwagala Anguchia, Esther Tino.Men – Rugby CranesFront RowSantos Senteza (Heathens), Saul Kivumbi (Impala), Asuman Mugerwa (Kabras), Collin Kimbowa(Kobs)HookersRonald Kanyanya(Heathens), Joseph Kagimu(USIU)LocksCharles Uhuru (Heathens), Robert Aziku (Kobs), Simon Olet (Heathens)Back row Desire Ayera (Pirates), Brian Asaba (Kobs), Eliphaz Emong (Kabras), Byron Oketayot (Rhinos)Half Backs Aaron Ofoyrwoth (Harlequins), Paul Epilo(Heathens), Robert Masendi (Heathens)CentresPius Ogena (Kobs), Ian Munyani (Kobs), Jordan Bongomin (Heathens)Back three Paul Masendi (Heathens), Daudi Semwami (Harlequins), Adrian Kasito (Kobs), Maxwell Ebonga(Hippos)
The roll-out of high-speed broadband to over 34,000 premises in Donegal has moved one step closer, according to a new report. The Government announced on Wednesday that works to finalise the contract for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) is well progressed.The report, which can be viewed here, outlines the high-speed broadband roll-out will cover the remaining one in three premises in the county, including areas such as Kildarragh, Tory Island and Glencar. The new will be welcoming for the many homes and business premises in County Donegal which are adversely affected by lack of broadband and many of which have been lobbying their local representatives for years to get the same services as their counterparts in the capital and major cities around the country.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of the Donegal County Council said: “Donegal County Council welcome the planned delivery of the National Broadband Plan and the associated substantial investment by the government.“We as a Council have worked in partnership with various telecommunication providers and government departments in the delivery of high-speed Broadband to 67% of the homes and premises in the county and this has resulted in significant investment and job creation in Donegal.“We are committed to continuing with this partnership approach to ensure that those living and working outside of the towns and villages already served will also receive high-speed broadband over the coming years, ensuring the opportunities afforded by the digital economy are available to all.” It is understood that Donegal will receive an investment of €135 million to provide fibre broadband to 34,107 homes in the Intervention Area.This is a mapped area of rural Ireland where high-speed broadband is currently not commercially available and it encompasses over half a million premises, including 56,000 farms and 44,000 businesses.Some of the many benefits of high-speed broadband include e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment, e-health initiatives, better energy efficiency in the home, more remote working and the availability of value bundle phone, TV and internet packages.€135 million to be invested in Donegal under National Broadband Plan was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Caroline Wambui with her technology teacher Damaris Mutati. (Image: OMG Voice)The death of her uncle was the catalyst and after being introduced to IT by her teacher, Kenyan teen Caroline Wambui has been on a mission to help ease organ donation in her country.Her uncle died because doctors could not find a kidney donor for him as Kenya does not have a national organ donor programme.Wambui – with minimal coding skills – has now developed Life Pocket, a mobile app that connects patients to organ donors, doctors and hospitals.“I firmly believe that Africa is going to be very far in a few years because of tech and how young people of today have turned to it to change life in our communities and countries,” she said.Technology could be a powerful tool if it was used to become a channel for change, especially in poor countries.The Life Pocket app will be rolled out nationally in Kenya in October.LEARNING THE SKILLSIn 2012, Wambui’s teacher, Damaris Mutati, started introducing technology into her classes at Embakasi Girls Secondary School, following her participation in the Intel Teach programme.It was here that Mutati was training to share her new digital literacy and skills, using the Intel Learn Easy Steps curriculum. She began to teach coding to the girls in her classes.“When you empower a young girl with tech skills, you broaden the way she thinks about herself,” Mutati said. “Tech also offers girls solutions while they’re still in school, so they come out knowing how to be job creators instead of job seekers, which is very important for African youths.”HOW THE APP WORKSWambui set out to develop an easy-to-use app on which users can easily register either as donors, patients, doctors or institutions, such as the Kidney and Lupus Foundation of Kenya and the Kenya Blood Transfusion Services.It features a login page, an about the app section, a donations page to identify and collect tissue and organs, and a feedback page for people who want to become donors.“I can’t wait for the app to be rolled out. It’s overwhelming and exciting,” she said.ORGAN DONATION IN KENYAOrgan donation is legal in Kenya but only blood relatives are allowed to donate organs to those in need. Exceptions are made for married couples, so long as they can prove that they are legally married.But in special circumstances, where tissues from potential donors do not match those of recipients, organs can be sought from people not related to the patient.“Thorough background checks are conducted to ensure that the organ is given voluntarily by the donor without any expectation of cash or other favours from the recipient,” said Valentine Imonje, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Kenya.Awareness is needed to demystify myths and misconceptions that hold people back from donating kidneys, eyes, livers and corneas, among others.“The app also demystifies organ donation. In Kenya, people get buried with their organs,” Mutati said.
Sulaiman PhilipIn the ongoing Nation Brand Forum University Dialogues, a panel at the University of Pretoria (UP) spoke about the role of the tertiary sector in shaping the nation brand reputation.Chaired by Professor Vasu Reddy, dean of the faculty of humanities at UP, the panel discussed the tertiary sector and its impact on brand and branding. The panel agreed that the timing was fortuitous as the role and responsibility of the sector in nation building was the subject of intense scrutiny and debate.Reddy highlighted issues that he considered critical when discussing tertiary education: unmet expectations of students and in delivery, transformation of the Eurocentric curriculum, and the experience of Black African students who perceived tertiary institutions as hostile to them and their culture.The panel could venture opinions but the issue was nuanced and in need of real study before solutions could be decided.Professor Siphamandla Zondi of UP’s department of political sciences suggested that universities were a useful laboratory to study the challenges we faced as a country. The sector would be the space in which we could find solutions to wider challenges.It is a task that universities cannot escape. They are already being asked to solve socio-economic problems in wider society. It is expected of universities to find innovative solutions to the problems of unemployment, inequality, poverty and failures in governance. Universities are being asked to solve these issues while aligning policies to national objectives.Universities have been tasked with eradicating the legacy of apartheid. The National Development Plan highlights the sector’s importance in building an inclusive society. Universities are being asked to imagine a future society and develop the skilled population to build that new society.Universities have taken this challenge upon themselves. Zondi pointed out: “We (UP) talk of a promise to produce the human capital, knowledge and technologies that make a difference. Universities themselves are promising to fix the national problem.”TRANSITIONBut we are a country in transition. We are a fractured country. How will the tertiary sector manage to fulfil this promise when universities mirror the fractured society? “Given the disruptions at universities can we be entrusted to imagine this new future? If we seize the opportunity presented by the current crisis to demonstrate courageous yet empathic, wise yet daring leadership to harness this crisis to produce a new university, perhaps we will move close to a multiversity.”Sithembile Mbete of UP’s department of political science, believes that the Fees Must Fall movement is remaking national identity, is remaking the meaning of the universities themselves and recreating our understanding of the 1994 settlement. The university crisis is reconstructing the identity of university leaders, people whose self-image was shaped during the struggles of the 1980s.The current university crisis has shown up the limit of our national imagination. Young people who grew up under the new dispensation are saying that the settlement of 1994 was not enough. This crisis is a brash, confident generation that grew up free, crashing into the limitations of that settlement.“The crisis we are facing in our universities is really a crisis of national identity. It is a crisis of who we are. What our identity is, what our beliefs are. And how we think about the development project that is South Africa.”POWER OF IMAGESThe advantage Mbete believes students have over the older generation who run the universities is their innate understanding of the power of images. We are living in a visual time and these students have been able to harness the power of optics to communicate their grievances more effectively to the outside world.University management and the government are losing the visual war. Securitising the campuses has also changed the language of the protests; today we use battle language when we talk about the protests. This has also allowed students to define the national identity to the outside world. “They have defined the country’s identity as one of crisis. We are not whole, we are not unified, we are a nation in crisis.”In commercial terms, brands do not change because people who own the brand decide it needs to change. “What we are seeing are university students who are the primary consumers of brand South Africa. The ones who are going to have to deal with congested Johannesburg in 30 years’ time. Who are going to deal with shaping the country of the future are saying we don’t love this national brand and we think it should be something different.”William Mpofu, researcher at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, argued that nation branding had its dangers. “Brands and naming are either weapons for destruction or tools for liberation and development.”We are living in an information age, but we are failing to convert from an information society to a knowledge society. This failing means we lack a compass to guide us forward. This is where our crisis begins. South Africa has been branded as post-colonial, but we need to find our own identity. Developing a national identity begins with undoing the historical identity of the nation.“Universities make claims to being universal, but in fact these institutions are provincial western Eurocentric institutions that may be geographically located in Africa, but they are western universities in Africa. Not African universities.”KNOWLEDGEProfessor Tinyiko Maluleke of the Centre for African Spirituality and Culture prefaced a question by saying that students who burnt down libraries had ceased to be students. “Why don’t you put their ancestors inside that library? Why don’t you put their own history inside the libraries? Why don’t you put their history and genealogies and culture of their own mothers inside of the library?”He ended his talk by asking if students would so easily burn down libraries if they dealt with the healing of historical injustices.Maluleke wondered how we as a nation dealt with the madness of destroying knowledge.He shared Mpofu’s scepticism about nation branding, arguing that branding was a natural extension of authenticity and not just what was positive. “Branding needs to be about what is true, what is credible because it simply is, not because we have worked hard at making it true.” When we talk about universities in relation to brand, this idea becomes important.South African universities were designed to be elitist, to include only a few in a society. Today we are talking about a million students, whose impact has been bigger than their numbers. It was not a system designed to accommodate the vast majority of the population. Over the last 20 years the system has had to deal with the influx of larger numbers of female and black students. When you talk about branding you have to take cognisance of these changes.“I put to you that the crisis we face today is a little like a bottle made for wine that is now full of umqombothi and the system has not been able to adjust to that new reality.”DISENCHANTMENTDisenchantment is not unique to universities. The students revolting on campus are representative of youthful South Africa so there is very little that universities alone can do. Universities can think about solutions but the problem is much larger than just the tertiary sector.In wrapping up Maluleke said: “Branding is a little bit about what people call you, but it is also about what you call yourself. It is what you have inherited rather than what is imposed on you. The idea of branding as putting on a jacket is too soft. It is a constant battle of self-definition because the country is constantly changing.”Mpofu added that all intellectuals were academics but not all academics were intellectuals. Academics were hardwired to follow routine and ritual. They could not be asked to invent new ideas. Tertiary sectors could not be held responsible for inventive answers.Mbete added that it was not the responsibility of the tertiary sector to find innovative answers to the country’s challenges. Innovation needs to come out of practice. It needs to come out of society, from people who are in every different area of life. The duty of academics is to ensure that students are better equipped to understand their context and interpret their context and to think up the innovation the country needs.Zondi ended by pointing out that the ideas that change society oftentimes came from outside academia. Academics needed to honestly engage with society from their position of privilege.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material