Indoor football arrives

first_imgAmong the clubs making up the new five-team California Division is the Los Angeles Lynx. The Lynx will play their home games at the Industry Hills Expo Center’s The Grand arena. Joining the Lynx in the California Division will be the Pomona Cool Riders, San Bernardino Bucking Bulls, San Diego Shockwave and Pleasonton-based Tri-Valley Ranchers. There are 26 NIFL teams set for the 2007 campaign. The Lynx are scheduled to play 14 regular-season games over 17 weeks, with the opener March 17 at San Bernardino’s Orange Pavilion. The first home game is scheduled for April 14 against Tri-Valley. “The idea is to bring a new brand of entertainment to the community and what better way than fast-action football?” NIFL regional vice president Anthony Bartley said. “This is something we’re really looking for the community to support and we’re going to do everything possible to make that happen.” Bartley, 33, is a man wearing many hats these days. Not only is he overseeing all five California NIFL teams, he’s also serving as general manager and head coach of the Lynx, as well as handling the team’s public relations. Bartley, a CIF-Southern Section Masters meet triple jump champion while at Lynwood High School in 1991, played semi-pro ball and in the German American Football League. He says he has coached at the high school, semi-pro and professional levels, the latter as a head coach in the Women’s Professional Football League. Professional indoor football is coming to the San Gabriel Valley. The National Indoor Football League, which kicks off its seventh season next month, is expanding throughout the country, including the West Coast. center_img A top priority for Bartley is filling the teams’ rosters. Much of that will be accomplished Saturday when the NIFL holds a combine at Glendale College, giving prospective players a chance to try out for the California Division squads. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the tryouts open to players at least 19 years old. Following the tryouts, those who make the cut will be drafted onto the five California teams and invited to camp, which Bartley says should include 30 to 40 players per team. Rosters will be trimmed to 25 for the regular season. For more information on the combine, players can call Bartley at (323) 215-8875. “We’ve gotten very good response,” Bartley said about the tryouts, which he estimates will be attended by 250 to 300 players with varied experience, including college, semi-pro and some indoor. “Basically we’re looking for athletes. What we’re hoping is that playing in the (NIFL) could be a steppingstone for a lot of players who have been overlooked. This is an opportunity for players to make it to the next level. We want to give players that opportunity.” The NIFL’s season will pretty much run parallel with that of the established Arena Football League, which celebrated its 20th campaign in 2006. One of the AFL’s franchises is the Los Angeles Avengers, now in its eighth season. The Avengers play their home games at Staples Center. The hope of Bartley and the Lynx is that fans who have the desire to watch indoor football will opt to stay within their community to do so, rather than drive to downtown L.A. While there are many similarities with the AFL – such as a 50-yard field and no punting – there will be some differences in the NIFL game. For example, there will be no nets, up to three offensive players will be allowed in forward motion before the snap, the defensive line can drop back in pass coverage, and, Bartley adds, there will be more emphasis on the running game. The NIFL has had its struggles over the years, mostly financial, because of unsteady ownership, which has forced several teams to fold during the season or, in some cases, even before the season began. Former Los Angeles Ram Cleveland Gary, has taken over as the NIFL’s president of football operations and has established strict guidelines for owners to avoid previous problems, including lack of funding to keep their franchises afloat. As for the facility the Lynx will call home, The Grand is covered, but open on all four sides. The arena, which can seat up to 5,000 spectators, has hosted a wide variety of events, including rodeo, equestrian, dog shows, motorcycle racing, music festivals, boxing, wrestling and roller derby. But not indoor football. “We’re excited because we’ve never done this before,” Industry Hills Expo Center operations manager Carol Perez said. “It’s not a traditional field, but we have no problems accommodating it. Size is not an issue. We’re just providing the facility. They’re (NIFL) very self-sufficient. They’re bringing everything in, turf and all.” “We’re very focused on family events and community-based entertainment,” Expo Center marketing director Raul Landino said. “As far as bringing in indoor football, a lot of people that time of year are hungry for football. We’re hoping we can satisfy their appetites while showing them that there’s a nice venue right in their own back yard.” chris.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Students from Peace Region bring home medals from Canada Wide Science Fair

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Five students and two delegates travelled from the Peace Region to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick.After successfully competing and winning their spots at the Regional Science Fair held in April, the group was amongst 409 other projects that were submitted to the Canada Wide Science Fair.Out of those 409 projects, three students from the North Peace were able to win medals for their science projects.- Advertisement -Hollis Mattson, Grade 7 student at Devereaux Elementary, won a silver medal for her Underwater Soundscape project.Kyra Taylor, Grade 12 Student at North Peace Secondary School, received a bronze medal for her project ‘Keeping the Balance: The Correlation Between Diet and pH in the Equine Hindgut’.Emilia Dyksterhuis, Grade 7 Student, won a bronze medal for her project on ‘Spare Our Air: The Use of Algae Scrubbers in the Oil and Gas Industry’.Advertisement Students received an all-expense trip thanks to the sponsorship of Shell, Encana, School District 60 Science Fair Foundation B.C., and Arc Resources.last_img read more

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Tips to enjoy the Canada Day Parade in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Canada Day set for Monday, the City of Fort St. John has shared tips to enjoy the Canada Day Parade.The Canada Day Parade will take place on July 1 at 11:00 am. This parade is volunteer-based featuring a variety of entries from non-profit organizations, businesses, and more. For safety purposes, the City has will be enforcing road closures, detours, and partial road closures. The main road closure will take place on 100 Street from 93 Ave to the south side of 100 Ave. This will be enforced by 9:00 am on the day of and will not open until after 12:00 pm.There will be roving entertainers on 100 Street between 93 and 95 Ave around 10:15 am to perform for those waiting for the parade to begin.- Advertisement -The parade procession starts from the North Peace Arena parking lot and will travel North up 100 Street, turn right onto 108 Ave, turn right onto 98 street, left onto 100 Ave, and right onto 96 street to head back to the North Peace arena. The North Peace Arena parking and the back parking lot of the Pomeroy Sport Centre will be closed as a holding (marshalling) area for the floats to prep and unload after the parade. These lots will open to the public once the parade is over (approximately 1:00 pm).Those wishing to attend the parade should consider the following tips for success:Be EARLY (parking lots are limited and fill up fast)Park your vehicle and walk (it will be difficult to get a vehicle too close to 100 Street/Centennial Park)Save your spot on the sidewalk for the parade (do not sit on the road and bring your lawn chair!)Be aware that road closures will be in effect as early as 9:00 am on the day ofBe patient & polite (people running the barricades are volunteers)Obey ALL signs and orders from traffic control and barricade volunteersBe sun smart and stay hydrated!Supervise your children closely and keep them from going onto the road during the paradeStay informed! Follow the “City of Fort St. John Recreation” Facebook page for regular updatesHAVE FUN and celebrate our AMAZING country!It is important to note that the parade route does a loop. There will be a high congestion zone on 97Ave, 98Ave, and 99 Ave between 96Street and 100 Street from 11:00am-12:00 pm as surrounding roads will be blocked by the parade. It is recommended that anyone who chooses to park their vehicle in this area (near No Frills, Salvation Army, and the surrounding residential areas) do not attempt to drive until after 12:00 pm to avoid this congestion.Advertisement Here is a copy of the Canada Day Parade Routelast_img read more

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CONFIRMED! Arsene Wenger announces Arsenal transfer deal

first_img1 Mohamed Elneny Mohamed Elneny has completed his move to Arsenal and could be handed his debut against Stoke on Sunday.The midfielder arrives at the Emirates from FC Basel for a fee understood to be in excess of £5million.Elneny has to be registered by noon on Friday to be eligible to play at the Britannia this weekend and Arsene Wenger is hopeful that will be done.“He has joined us and we will see if he can qualify for Sunday,” Wenger said, following Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Wednesday night.Elneny spent three years at Basel, making over 90 league appearances and winning three consecutive Super League titles.He is an Egypt international and helped his country reach the quarter-finals of the London Olympics in 2012.The 23-year-old is expected to offer some much-needed cover in midfield, with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla still recovering from injury.last_img read more

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DANIEL GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS WITH HIS OWN TV SHOW

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell may be working on his dancing steps but he is once again back as Master of Ceremonies for the biggest country music show on TV, Opry an Iúir.Daniel on stageFilmed in front of a live audience Daniel hosts a country music star each week who will play their greatest hits. Opry an Iúir will air on Wednesday evenings at 10.30pm on TG4 from October 7th.For the first time ever Daniel will also perform some of his best known hits in Irish! Don’t miss his versions of Tar ag Damhsa Liom (I just want to dance with you) and Bhfuil aon Sólás í nDán dom Níos Mó (My shoes keep walking back to you). Even while he was on holidays in Tenerife he was listening and practicing his songs in Irish. Daniel was itching to get back on the Opry stage, and make this, his best series yet!Speaking about the series, Daniel says “I really enjoyed presenting Opry an Iúir again this year. The guests were all fantastic. I got to sing a few songs in Irish. A first for me! It’s so good to have a show like this to showcase some of our great country stars.”This season features country stars Dominic Kirwan, Charlie Landsborough, Mike Denver, Louise Morrissey, Jim Devine and Johnny Brady. In these unique performances Daniel will join each artist on stage for a chat and a special duet performance.Each country star then also appears with an Irish traditional artist to perform a duet in Irish. Some of the Irish artists include Seamus Begley and Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill. BBC Northern Ireland’s Lynette Fay brings us backstage to profile the stars in specially filmed pieces at their homes, studios and places with meaning for them. Lynette will also meet fans on the night of the performances, with a profile of each stars biggest fan.Opry an Iúir brings the essence of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to Newry’s Town Hall, a very unique venue dating from the 1800’s. Opry an Iúir is made with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund.Opry an Iúir will air on Wednesdays at 10.30pm on TG4 starting 7th October for six weeks with a special show on December 23rd for Christmas where Daniel will celebrate Brendan Shine’s 50 years in music.The series will air in January 2016 on BBC Northern Ireland.Oct 7th @ 22.30 Ep 1 – Louise Morrissey – Irish guest singer – Seamus BegleyDaniel & Louise Duet: Til a tear becomes a roseDaniel Irish song: Bhfuil aon solás í ndán dom níos mó (My shoes keep walking back to you) Oct 14th @ 22.30 Ep 2 – Mike Denver – Irish guest singer – Siobhán Ní MhaoileoinDaniel & Mike Duet: Bye Bye LoveDaniel Irish Song: Tar ag damhsa liom (I just want to dance with you)Oct 21st @ 22.30 Ep 3 – Johnny Brady – Irish guest singer – Pauline ScanlonDaniel & Johnny Duet: On the wings of a doveDaniel Irish Song: Tabhair aire mhaith dí (Take good care of her)Oct 28th @ 22.30 Ep 4 – Charlie Landsborough – Irish guest singer – Mairéad Ní MhaonaighDaniel & Charlie Duet: My forever friendDaniel Irish Song: Coiscéim (Footsteps)Nov 4th @ 22.30 Ep 5 – Dominic Kirwan – Irish guest singer – Seán Mac CorraidhDaniel & Dominic Duet: Oh lonesome meDaniel Irish Song: Bí ar lámh liom (Stand beside me) Nov 11th @ 22.30 Ep 6 – Jim Devine – Irish guest singer – Maighread Ní DhomhnaillDaniel & Jim Duet: Destination DonegalDaniel Irish Song: Tá ar mbaile lán go doras le grá (Our house is a home)Dec 23rd @ 22.30 Ep 7** – Brendan Shine – Irish guest singer – Treasa Ní CheannabháinDaniel & Brendan Duet: Rock ‘n’ roll kidsDaniel Irish Song: Is tú croí lár mo shaol (I need you)DANIEL GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS WITH HIS OWN TV SHOW was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:daniel o’donnellTV showlast_img read more

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YOUNG MAN WHO DID DOUGHNUTS AND LED GARDAI ON A 15KM CHASE IS BANNED

first_imgA young driver who was caught doing doughnuts and then led Gardai on a 15km chase has been fined €500 and banned from driving for two years.Letterkenny courthouse.Daniel Moran appeared at Letterkenny District Court today after being sent on a driving course by Judge Paul Kelly. Moran, 21, who had been charged with dangerous driving, appeared again to see what sentence Judge Kelly would impose on him.Judge Kelly recalled the case and described it as one of the worst cases of dangerous driving he had encountered.However having read the probation report on Moran, of Kilcoona, Headford in Galway, he said it appeared to be a one off case.The incident itself had taken place on June 21st last with Gardai being forced to deploy a stinger device to stop Moran as he drove between Kilross Junction and Drumkeen.Judge Kelly said Moran’s demeanor and the probation report suggested he was at a very low risk of reoffending.“You’re a lucky young man Mr Moran to have support of your family and you’re even more fortunate you are actually here.“The way you drove that night with yourself and your girlfriend, you could have come to a very sorry end,” he said.He fined Moran €250 each on two separate dangerous driving charges and disqualified him from driving for two years for each charge to be served concurrently.YOUNG MAN WHO DID DOUGHNUTS AND LED GARDAI ON A 15KM CHASE IS BANNED was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:dangerous drivingDaniel MorandonegalDrumkeenletterkennylast_img read more

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CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA DIARY – HERE WE GO AGAIN

first_imgMatches at this time of year are always a bit unusual, no one knows quite what to expect performance-wise; results are by and large meaningless as Donegal’s whitewash in last year’s McKenna Cup testified.A freezing Wednesday night in Brewster Park is as far removed from Croke Park in September as you can imagine but that’s where the Donegal faithful pitched up last night. Every journey has to start somewhere and of course we’re all hoping that this year’s will end in nine months time again.With the team only touching down on Irish soil on Tuesday after their Dubai sojourn this was always going to be a bit of a strange and rushed affair. So rushed indeed that two of Donegal’s players, Michael Boyle and Shane McGowan, had to make do with the 2011 kit that we last wore against Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final as their 2012/13 equivalents had gone AWOL! Stranger still but hugely satisfying was the fact that for only the second time ever we were treated to a Donegal team being given a guard of honour in their season opener as they made their way onto the field.Amongst them were several debutants, eight of which saw their first action in a senior jersey; Kevin McFadden and substitute Caolan Ward along with panel returnee McGowan putting in the most noteworthy displays of the youngsters.Last year’s panellists appeared that bit sharper than the newcomers despite the schedule of holidaying and celebrating they’ve had of late; indeed it’s a good omen for the rest of the first team that players like Daniel McLaughlin, Gary McFadden and Thomas McKinley weren’t found wanting physically against a Fermanagh team that have been back training for the past 7-8 weeks. Jim will put the boys through their paces over the next month and hopefully it will be a case of topping up to reach the extraordinary levels of fitness attained last year.Maxi Curran directed operations from the sideline last night, with the majority of the matchday squad being plucked from his U21 panel. Jim and Rory watched on from the stand as part of a 1,500 strong crowd. Fermanagh hit the front early and wouldn’t leave that position although it was hard to know at times such was the density of the fog that suffocated Brewster Park. The latest score had to be announced over the loudspeaker in each half, the scoreboard practically invisible through the fog in one corner of the field to the vast majority of patrons seated in the John Vesty Stand.The game from a Donegal perspective was essentially a short passing, tight affair; with the fog making visibility difficult this was understandable. Also, with so many new players in action, its natural for players to take the safe option of a quick hand pass in order to retain possession instead of being more expansive. Despite the low-key nature of the fixture, pulling on a county jersey for the first time is the biggest game of some lad’s lives and their mindsets are somewhere in between making a name for themselves and not making mistakes.Without either of the twin towers of Michael Murphy or Colm McFadden on the field, Donegal generally try and carry the ball into the forward line but in the second half when they did go that bit more direct they got their rewards with the goals from Adrian Hanlon and Brick Molloy.The hosts though for the most part had an effective defensive screen and their superior, more advanced early season conditioning allowing them to funnel back and then immediately break in numbers. McLaughlin and Copper McFadden kept running and probing though and eventually found some gaps with the Glenswilly man finishing with three well taken scores from play.Copper is one of those who would be hoping to kick on and get to the next level in 2013; this time last year there were plenty in the same boat and players such as Neil Gallagher, Eamonn McGee and Paddy McGrath climbed another rung or two on the performance ladder and were soon undroppable fixtures in the team. Others now include Brick Molloy, Patrick McBreaty, Leo McLoone and Marty Boyle – they can all push for a higher level of performance and if Jim can get that extra 10% out of some his players hopes will be high of another successful Summer. Before all that though we continue with our Winter programme and its back at base in MacCumhaill Park on Sunday where Monaghan are the visitors.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA DIARY – HERE WE GO AGAIN was last modified: January 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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ENTRIES FLOODING IN FOR RIVERINE 10K IN LIFFORD/STRABANE

first_imgEntries are flooding in for the Riverine 10K, the cross border event which will be held in Lifford-Strabane on Sunday 10th August. With the race launched a few short weeks ago and sponsored by Dolans Bureau de Change at the Travellers Rest, there has been a huge pre entry to date, with still over a week to go until the event. A 5K Walk has also been included, providing something for the whole family.The first holding of this event last year proved to be an outstanding success, with athletes from right across the North West in attendance. The fact that the annual Strabane 10K traditionally held in July each year is now being replaced with the Riverine 10K has added a new dimension to this years race with a bumper crowd now expected.The cross border, cross community nature of the event was the catalyst for the hugely successful inaugural Strabane Lifford Half Marathon in May which brought nearly 600 athletes to the area.From the elite runner through to the recreational jogger and walker, the event is open to all levels of athlete.An added bonus this year is a €200 bonus to the first man under 31 minutes and first woman under 35 minutes. Last years winners, Foyle Valley’s Keith Shields and Lifford AC’s Irish international Ann Marie McGlynn from Strabane have set the bar high for this years event and yet another quality event is expected. The flat course produced an abundance of fast times last year, with personal bests expected to be the order of the day.Athletes pre-registering for the 10K before Sunday 3rd August will receive a free quality technical tee shirt. For pre-registration after that date, t-shirts will be subject to availability.ENTRIES FLOODING IN FOR RIVERINE 10K IN LIFFORD/STRABANE was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:LiffordRIVERINE 10Kstrabanelast_img read more

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Expansion of N3 between Joburg and Durban

first_img13 January 2015The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) is investing more than R1-billion to expand the N3 toll route over next three years, the company has said.The N3, between South Africa’s inland provinces and Durban, is one the country’s most strategic freight and logistics corridors. N3TC manages a portion of the road, between the Cedara interchange near Hilton, in KwaZulu-Natal, and the Heidelberg South interchange in Gauteng.Work on a R444-million rehabilitation project between Mooi River and Estcourt began in 2013, and will be completed towards the end of 2015. The left lane – or truck lane – is being rehabilitated and the project includes a new asphalt pavement surface to all lanes on this section.In addition, a 60km section between Harrismith and Warden will be reconstructed at a cost of R413-million, with working beginning this month. The existing road surface in both directions will be reconstructed and will receive a new asphalt overlay.Roadmac Surfacing will do the reconstruction; SNA Consulting Engineers designed the project and will oversee its execution. It is expected to be completed by April 2017.N3TC says it is “acutely aware” of the disruption that road construction may cause to the free flow of traffic. To minimise inconvenience to road users, the company has agreed to limit single lane closures in either direction to 3km sections at a time.“There will, at all times, be at least one lane open to traffic to regulate the flow of traffic while construction is under way,” says N3TC’s technical manager, Douglas Judd. “Therefore, no undue delays are anticipated.“Traffic will be accommodated contra-flow in the lanes where construction is not under way at a specific time. This will allow for a safe working space for contract workers.”N3TC says the time frames of the road works programme have been planned to ensure that all four lanes are open to traffic at peak times such as Easter and long weekends.Finally, the most complex of the three construction projects – over 14 kilometres from Cedara to Tweedie near Howick – will begin in August. This R400-million expansion project should be completed within 24 months.Two additional traffic lanes, one in each direction, will be constructed in the existing median to increase the route’s capacity in this high traffic zone. The Umgeni River Bridge will also be expanded.“N3TC is implementing this expansion well in advance of its actual capacity requirement in order to minimise the impact on heavier traffic in later years,” says Judd.A traffic management programme will be in place to minimise disruption and inconvenience to road users, with construction taking place in the median.This multimillion-rand investment will be funded by N3TC with no additional tolling required.It is part of a tightly managed rehabilitation and expansion programme on the route, the company says. As a result of high traffic volumes, this programme typically follows an eight-year cycle.“We are committed to ensuring additional road capacity is added before traffic volumes increase to a level which may negatively impact on the safety, convenience and mobility of N3 toll route users,” adds Judd.Sainfo reporterlast_img read more

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Pack programme brings primary healthcare to the people

first_imgHealthcare workers will through the Pack be able to diagnose and manage a range of common ailments. (Image: UCT)A comprehensive low-cost medical tool, the Practical Approach to Care Kit, or Pack, which allows healthcare workers to diagnose and manage a range of common ailments, is now being rolled out by South Africa’s University of Cape Town.Pack covers 40 common symptoms and 20 conditions including cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, TB, HIV and Aids, women’s health, and end-of-life care. This makes it an essential for poorer, under-resourced regionsNow BMJ, a global healthcare knowledge company, has joined with the UCT Lung Institute’s Knowledge Translation Unit to develop and distribute the Pack programme to healthcare workers in low to middle-income countries.INCREASING HUMAN CAPACITY IN HEALTHCAREThis collaboration will train and support doctors, nurses and pharmacists to improve primary healthcare in underdeveloped areas. BMJ will provide technical development, marketing, sales and licensing to help implement the Pack programme globally.“It is crucial for healthcare workers to be provided with the latest evidence-based recommendations, and locally relevant information, to diagnose and treat patients effectively,” said Dr Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief at BMJ.“We are delighted to partner with UCT to bring the programme for use in underserved communities to help improve the delivery of primary care.”In accordance with South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, in the healthcare sectorhuman capacity is key. Managers, doctors, nurses and community health workers need to be appropriately trained and managed, produced in adequate numbers, and deployed where they are most needed.Since Pack was first launched in South Africa in 2007, it has reached 20 000 health workers in 2 000 clinics and hospitals across the country.last_img read more

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