LDC Offers Free Diabetes Testing in New Kru Town

first_imgMr Momoh provides testing to a participant in New Kru TownThe Liberia Diabetes Center (LDC) over the weekend provided free diabetes testing services to over twenty residents of the Borough of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island in Monrovia. The aim of the test was to help people of that community become aware of the painless nature of the test that can determine an individual’s sugar as well as oxygen and blood levels.Mr. Bobby N. Jeegbe is the head of LDC in the Borough and he told this newspaper that the tests carried out by the center have helped the participants to know the next step to take in their search for better healthcare. Mr. Jeegbe said the borough of New Kru Town is made up of 25 communities with a huge population, adding that the LDC is determined to create more awareness to get people to work with the center.Speaking on the free test, he said the people were delighted about the diabetes tests and the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to LDC for the free service. The LDC’s chief executive officer, John Momoh, who carried out the testing, told reporters that the majority of the people tested were pre-diabetic patients, who he informed of the next step to take, with the assistance of the LDC. Momoh said, “We told them to take interest in their healthcare especially now that they know how close they are to being diabetics, and they said they are grateful for our visit.”He said he was happy for the residents to ask for an LDC office to be located in the community to help them manage and support their efforts to manage their pre-diabetic status. “My visit helped me to really see for myself the problems the people of this borough are faced with in the area of healthcare delivery services and I am taking their request seriously because I promised to do my best for them,” Momoh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Santos scores 27 in win over Saints

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson South Hills improved to 11-3 overall and is looking for a repeat championship in the San Antonio League. San Dimas fell to 10-7, and the Saints head into the Valle Vista League as one of many contenders in a wide-open race. The Saints appear to be markedly improved from last season’s disappointment, but coach Bruce Robbins wasn’t happy about his team’s final tune-up. ‘We’ve had a very good nonleague season,’ Robbins said. ‘We’ve played more good basketball than bad basketball. We just have to realize those things that allow us to play well.’ San Dimas trailed 31-23 at halftime. The Saints rallied to take a 37-35 lead with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter. Then, the Saints went cold. WEST COVINA – The South Hills High School boys basketball team had one final test on Friday night before beginning San Antonio League play next week. Jerry Santos made sure the Huskies passed with flying colors. Santos scored 27 points to lead South Hills to a 59-45 win over San Dimas in a nonleague game at South Hills. ‘He’s incredible,’ Huskies coach Paul Reed said. ‘Some of the really great players I’ve watched in the San Gabriel Valley, their teams run them off two or three screens. We do some of that for Jerry, but the thing that’s great about him is that he can create his own shot.’ The game served as the final prep for both teams before they begin their respective league schedules next week. center_img San Dimas scored just eight points for the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, Santos and crew were busy spreading the ball around and building another lead. ‘They (San Dimas) did seem to get a little tired,’ Reed said. ‘We went a little bit deeper than they did.’ Just four players scored for San Dimas in the game. Eric O’Mahony led the Saints with 19 points, but production was sparse after that. O’Mahony hit two 3-pointers in the Saints’ third quarter run. San Dimas continued to fire away from behind the arc, but went cold. That wasn’t the direction Robbins wanted his team to go, however. ‘Bad offense,’ Robbins said. ‘We talked about it at halftime and said we wanted to go inside with the ball. We were able to do that during our run, but from that point on, I think we took four 3-pointers without the ball ever touching the post.’ As good as Santos was for South Hills, he also got help from Damien Riley and Michael Kelly. Riley scored 15 points and Kelly had 11. Both players were able to produce an inside game that San Dimas wasn’t able to match. Santos scored 13 points in the second half. His 3-pointer late in the third quarter completed a 9-0 run by the Huskies to take the lead back for good. Jon Joe was only other Saint to reach double digits. Joe had 14 points as San Dimas’ lone threat inside. ‘We hadn’t played in a week, so I was a little concerned about that,’ Reed said. ‘I thought the effort was good. I thought we weren’t quite as sharp as we could be, but that’s probably because they’re (San Dimas) very good.’ The Huskies visit Rowland on Wednesday in a game that pits the last two San Antonio League champions against each other. Given what he saw on Friday, Reed deemed his team ready for a strong league season. ‘Coming into the season, we knew our team should be good,’ Reed said. ‘We’ve seen Rowland and Nogales, and they’re good. I don’t think West Covina is too far behind and Walnut has some weapons. It’s aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 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

Understanding Jumping by Leaps and Bounds: Geared Insect and Leaping Plant

first_imgTwo clever examples of leaping have been found in the living world, adding to the catalog of clever ways life gets around.Geared for action:  The media were all abuzz with pictures and stories of the “flightless planthopper,” a tiny insect with a big leap.  What’s new and fascinating is that it’s the first example known in the animal kingdom of functional intermeshing gears; the paper was published in Science Magazine.  The photos and videos on Nature, Live Science and New Scientist show gear cogs that intermesh like something you’d see in human machinery.  The electron-micrograph close ups are especially stunning.Surprisingly, only the young nymphs of the species have the gears.  In the final molts, the gears get stripped off, and the adults use friction to jump.  This does not mean the nymphs are better designed; adults can jump even better.  The authors of the paper said,Their improved performance may be due to other factors, rather than a consequence of abandoning the gear mechanism. An inherent limitation of gears is that if one tooth breaks, their synchronizing action is degraded. In nymphs, a breakage could be repaired at the next molt, but this is not possible after the final molt to adulthood. Alternatively, the larger size of adults may mean that friction between the trochantera is a more effective synchronization mechanism.New Scientist used the finding to comment on biological machinery in general:For a disconcerting experience, consider how mechanical you are. Humans may be conscious beings with higher feelings, but really we’re just fancy machines with joints, motors, valves, and a whole lot of plumbing.All animals are the same. Hundreds of gizmos have evolved in nature, many of which our engineers merely reinvented. Nature had rotating axles billions of years ago, in the shape of bacterial flagella. And weevil legs beat us to the screw-and-nut mechanism.The insect Issus coleoptratus is another animal with an unexpected bit of machinery hidden in its body. Its larvae are the first animals known to have interlocking gears, just like in the gearbox of a car.The gears apparently keep the legs in sync, allowing them to take off within 30 microseconds of each other.  “Infant plant hoppers, known as nymphs, can take off in just 2 milliseconds, reaching take-off speeds of almost 4 metres a second,” Nature wrote, posting a video of the action.  “For motions this rapid, some mechanical device is needed to keep the legs synchronized and to avoid lopsided jumps that might lead to the insects spinning out of control.”  See also Science Magazine ScienceShot.Leaping spores:  The spores of horsetail plants have another unusual mechanism for getting around.  Seen under a high-powered microscope, the spores have four “legs” that respond to humidity changes, curling and uncurling.  An intriguinig video clip on the BBC News shows how the spores not only use them to walk, but to leap into the air.A European biologist, fascinated with the Venus flytrap, was looking for other kinds of motion in plants when he found this.  Curling and uncurling like hair, the legs, or elaters as they are called, respond more rapidly because of a “special layered structure” in the legs.  As a result, the spores can leap into the air, to be carried aloft by winds.The discoverer is now using this clever idea to design self-propelled objects.  “These, they say, could be used in agricultural settings, for example, using changes in humidity to power environmental monitoring probes or seed-dispersing devices.”  The director of the Royal Botanical Gardens commented, “we have so much more to learn from nature.”These two examples show the two sides of biomimetics.  The horsetail spores inspired a scientist to recreate the technology for human applications.  In the planthopper gear example, what we thought was a human invention turns out to have been scooped by an insect.  Nature had it first.As usual, the evolution-talk was superfluous and illogical.  New Scientist repeated the “nothing but” idea: humans and animals are nothing but machinery.  That’s self-refuting, because a scientist arguing the truth of a proposition is using abstract, non-physical thought, assuming truth exists outside of material nature.  Also, saying  “Such-and-such evolved to” is a logical fallacy in Darwinism.  Nothing evolves “to” do something.  In Darwinism, stuff happens, accidental mutation by accidental mutation.  Unguided processes cannot work toward a goal.  Adding millions of years doesn’t change that.On the contrary: whenever we see functional design, we naturally infer that intelligence played a role in its origin.  Darwinism only provides after-the-fact just-so stories to try to rationalize a secular world view.  Who needs that?  Think design, and you make progress in science. (Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Solid’ economic growth for 2010: OM

first_img20 January 2010Although likely to remain subdued in the opening months, there is a good chance that economic growth could be surprisingly solid, with South Africa ending 2010 with annual GDP growth of over 3%, says Old Mutual chief economist Rian le Roux.“The combination of a recovery in consumer demand, ongoing robust public sector spending, an end to the cycle of destocking, moderate export gains and the [2010 Fifa World Cup™], could combine to generate a surprisingly robust acceleration in growth during the middle quarters of 2010,” Le Roux in a statement this week.“We could even see another interest rate cut from the Reserve Bank adding to the positive conditions, should inflation surprise on the downside and the rand remain strong.”Global recovery ‘solid’Le Roux pointed out that the global recovery is solidly underway, and added that he believed the risk of a “W-shaped” downturn was relatively small.This means South Africa will benefit from revivals in both the developed and emerging markets, particularly China, helping underpin export volumes and prices of its commodity exports.Not only will this help the trade deficit, which Le Roux predicted should stay steady at around 4.5% of GDP this year, but the country should also continue to attract foreign capital inflows, so that the rand depreciates only moderately against the US dollar over the year.Inflation, interest ratesLe Roux added that inflation should also remain under control for the year, driven by the stronger rand, lower food prices and weak consumer demand. Inflation pressures continue to remain though, arising especially from Eskom’s proposed electricity tariff hikes.“Eskom will prove to be a thorn in the side of the economy for many years, probably throughout the first half of new decade,” he said.With inflation relatively tame for now, Le Roux said the most likely scenario was for interest rates to remain unchanged (with prime at 10.5%) for all of 2010.However, the Reserve Bank could surprise with a 50 basis point rate cut – possibly in the first quarter – should consumer spending prove particularly sluggish or inflation especially benign.Outlook for 2011However, in 2011 a more robust growth environment and gathering inflationary pressures could see rates starting to rise again, Old Mutual said although the timing and speed of the next tightening cycle was hard to predict with any accuracy at this stage.“So after the year of big macroeconomic surprises that was 2009, on first examination our forecasts for 2010 paint a much quieter scenario – with relatively steady inflation, interest rates, currency and economic growth ahead,” Le Roux observed.“This should be welcome by most South Africans. However, experience tells us that there are always unexpected shocks from some source, and this year will probably no different.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Floods, landslips cause havoc in northeast

first_imgFlood and rain-induced landslips have claimed eight lives across the northeast in the past 36 hours. While five persons died in Meghalaya, two drowned in Mizoram’s Lunglei district and one in Assam’s Dhemaji district.At least 16 people, including two 10-year-old girls in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang, have died in floods across the northeast in less than a week. A person each is reported missing from East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh after being swept away by strong water currents.Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said the number of flood-affected people jumped overnight by 5.57 lakh to 14.07 lakh by Saturday afternoon. “These people are from 2,168 villages from across 25 of Assam’s 33 districts,” an official said.Western Assam’s Barpeta, with 5.22 lakh victims, continues to be the worst-affected district followed by Dhemaji with 1.38 lakh persons. Morigaon district is third on the list with 94,627 people forced to leave their homes.The district officials have opened 234 relief camps where 20,047 people have taken shelter.Kaziranga inundatedA bloating Brahmaputra has flowed into the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), inundating 95 of the 200 rhino anti-poaching camps. Such camps, all on stilts to escape average flooding, are used by forest guards to watch over the 430 sq. km UNESCO World Heritage Site.“We have imposed speed restrictions on the highway skirting the southern edge of KNP because animals of the park invariably move from the flooded park to the hills across the highway,” the park’s divisional forest officer Rohini Ballave Saikia said.A hog deer was, however, run over early on Saturday by a speeding vehicle.last_img read more

There is no taint on me, says N Srinivasan

first_imgBCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan was on Thursday formally appointed the first Chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial revamp of the body’s administrative structure.Srinivasan was questioned on the Supreme Court probe and Gurunath Meiyappan in a press conference at Melbourne after his appointment as ICC chairman.Q. It’s well-known that you’ve been stood down as BCCI president by the Supreme Court for the duration of that investigation. Can you explain why you are an appropriate pick and proper person to run world cricket given your involvement in that investigation?Srinivasan: Actually the court did not ask me, I stepped aside voluntarily. I do not know if you have followed the reporting of that. The committee made a report which did not involve me, but they had given a sealed envelope in which they said there were some unsubstantiated, unverified allegations made by some people, which the court is looking into. I said I’ll voluntarily step aside during that period.Now, as far as I’m concerned, I have done nothing wrong. There is no wrongdoing on my part, and therefore my conscience is very clear that there is no taint on me, and whatever investigation is there will take its course will come out, reports will come out. But unless I have in my mind any doubt or if I have done anything, then what you say possibly is — then one has to think.  But for what I have not done, I have no concern. Q. When you say there is no taint on me, does that include your son-in-law?Srinivasan: My son-in-law, there are some charges against him.  He has to defend himself in court.  I mean, it’s a question of it’s going to be proved or not proved, but that’s up to him.  This is a question — this is a question about me. Q. But it reflects on you. It’s your team.Srinivasan: I think you have to wait until the final, until everything is clear at the end of the day.  If nothing is proved, I think all this comment would have been unfair, isn’t it.advertisementlast_img read more