first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has disclosed that the recent technical breakdown at its White Plains water treatment plant in Careysburg was not due to sabotage in any form, shape and manner.Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services Frankie Cassell told the Daily Observer Monday that the problem that generated at the LWSC’s water treatment plant three days ago was purely technical in nature.Shedding light on the recent water shortage that hit Monrovia, Mr. Cassell and Public Relations Manager Wilmot Dweh disclosed that swift pipe-borne water had  been restored to greater Monrovia.The two LWSC officials also intimated that during the three-day water shortage that hit Monrovia and its environs,  there were alternative mechanisms that helped pump pipe-borne water to its many customers.Consequently, very often the LWSC management has  sounded a passionate plea  that the water agency is facing some serious challenges and other constraints that need  swift intervention.In a radio announcement issued on August 5, 2014, the LWSC said the system was experiencing technical problems that continue to affect the regular pumping schedule through its 16 inch and 36 inch lines.As a result, water supply was being rationed on alternate days in greater Monrovia and its immediate environs.The statement also explained that residents and customers along the 16 inch line,  specifically in Louisiana, Caldwell, Tweh Farm, Duala, Club Beer Factory, Freeport, New Kru Town and West Point,  would receive LWSC’s services on day one of the rationing exercise.The statement further added  that residents and customers along the 36” line on Pipeline Road, Paynesville and Congo Town would receive water services on Wednesday on day two (2) of the rationing exercise.The LWSC management wishes to reassure the general public and valued customers that its water is safe to drink and would continue to protect the source and distribution of water to the public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Yossi Benayoun would snub a move to Spain if QPR agree to give him a contract.The 33-year-old Israeli has been without a club since leaving Chelsea when his contract at Stamford Bridge expired during the summer.QPR were among several clubs who were then approached about signing Benayoun on a two-year deal and more recently his representatives suggested Rangers wanted him, leading to reports he was set for a move to Loftus Road.West London Sport revealed that R’s boss Redknapp had merely suggested Benayoun could join on trial and had not heard from him since.Redknapp offered Benayoun a trialBenayoun, who made his name in the Premier League at West Ham and had a spell at Liverpool before joining Chelsea in 2010, is keen to return to London.His bargaining position appeared to be strengthened by injuries to QPR’s Niko Kranjcar and Alejandro Faurlin as well as on-loan Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll.But Redknapp remains adamant that he wants to take a look at Benayoun in training before deciding whether to sign him.“I’ve always liked Benayoun as a player but it would be another wage on the wage bill,” said Redknapp.“If he was reasonable and it would be a reasonable deal he would be a good asset. It’s something we’d look at.“I haven’t heard from Yossi yet though. I think he’s got a couple of Spanish clubs who want him.“If we wanted to do it I think he’d rather come back to London and play. We’ll see what happens.”Man Utd v Arsenal: free bets offer for West London Sport readers See also:Ex-Chelsea man Benayoun offered QPR trialNo sign of Benayoun after offer of QPR trialQPR boss leaves door open for BenayounOnuoha back and Kranjcar may face ReadingSpurs’ Carroll edges closer to Rangers returnBenayoun impresses during Rangers trialBenayoun enters talks over Rangers dealQPR board reluctant to bring in BenayounQPR discuss shorter-term Benayoun dealBenayoun deal is done, says QPR’s BondQPR set to confirm six-month Benayoun dealRangers confirm the signing of Benayoun 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgTV presenter Penny Lebyane speaks candidly about her post-natal depression in the short documentary Let’s Talk A group of health professionals pose for a picture during a workshop that was part of Sadag’s rural outreach programme on mental illness. One of many promotional pictures used by Sadag to drive the message home. A group of women in the KwaZulu-Natal area of Verulam attend a workshop on forming support groups in rural communities across South Africa.(Images: Sadag) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brigitte Taim Lange Strategic Communications +27 2 442 3083 RELATED ARTICLES • Boosting mental health reportage • Celebrities on sale for charity • Research says rooibos tea beats stress • Healthcare in South Africa Valencia TalanePeople with mental illnesses owe it to themselves to respond to the challenges of their conditions by seeking help and treatment to regain control of their lives. To achieve this, they must first be aware of their condition and what treatment is available to manage it.A social media campaign called ‘Let’s Talk Mental Health Awareness’ has been running since August in South Africa and aims to remove the stigma attached to mental illnesses.The situation, organisers believe, can improve if those who live with mental conditions talk about their struggles, cast off the associated shame, and encourage others to come forward to receive help from trained professionals.The project is a joint effort between the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) and Pharma Dynamics, a company that provides generic medication for depression and anxiety.Embracing mental illnessThe initiative puts faces of well-known media personalities to different mental conditions that are familiar to a large number of South Africans. A short film, titled Let’s Talk, was produced as part of the campaign and made available on YouTube to reach large numbers. The release coincided with World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated on 10 October and is recognised by the World Health Organisation.Veteran actress Lilian Dube likens her experience a few years back to a feeling of being in a bottomless pit, even when around lots of people. She suffered from depression for many years without knowing what it was or how she could get help.Dube, along with others like television presenter Penny Lebyane and former Mr South Africa and now presenter of his own medical programme, Dr Michael Mol, talk candidly about their struggles with mental illnesses.“If you form a support group then you know you’re not alone,” Dube suggests. “The feeling of thinking you’re alone in your journey is the most terrible.” A leader of one such support group, Driekie Moutinho, agrees and says people with mental illnesses have to take a proactive approach to managing them.Psychiatrist Ian Westmore touches on the element of trust and says that people with mental Illnesses should understand that doctors have not only a good understanding of brain diseases, but know how to effectively treat most of them.“Mental illness is not a death sentence,” says Dr Gerhard Glober. “People with mental illness can have full, productive lives provided they recognise their needs.”Policy changes neededAs is the case with other health services in South Africa, there are disparities between treatment facilities for mental illnesses for urban and rural communities.People in urban areas have access to built-up facilities, healthcare professionals and treatment in abundance, while this is not the case for sufferers in rural areas.A concern among professionals in the mental health industry is that it is this population of patients, who live far away from ever-advancing facilities, who are more vulnerable because many lack awareness.A change in the overall health strategy of the country is needed, asserts psychiatrist Franco Colin.“The focus, from the national government’s perspective, is on tuberculosis, HIV, infant mortality, maternal health and violence-related trauma,” he said. “And psychology touches on each and every one of those areas.”Westmore agrees: “We get so little of the health budgets, while the private sector provides plans that do not cover mental health sufficiently.” His view is that there needs to be equity as far as mental conditions are concerned.Chilling factsResearch by Sadag reveals that one in five South Africans suffers from mental illness, while two in 100 children could be depressed. Experts worry that socio-economic factors like poverty and inequality as well as trauma and violence, which could in turn lead to substance abuse, continue to add to the pressure faced by the nation.Cassey Chambers, director of operations at Sadag, notes that mental illness is a big problem not only in South Africa, but most developing countries worldwide. All the more reason why, she says, campaigns like Let’s Talk should receive as much support as possible.“It’s not only sufferers who should be targeted, but also those who provide care for them.”Between 35% and 41% of pregnant or new mothers are victims of depression.As many as 23 people take their lives, and another 230 attempt to do so, in South Africa every day. The threat, many of the experts interviewed for Let’s Talk agree, lies in conditions being ignored or misunderstood for long periods of time.Television and film actress Bonnie Henna, who has appeared in international productions like Catch a Fire and Hotel Rwanda, recently revealed her struggles with clinical depression in an autobiography titled Eyebags and Dimples.Henna says in the book that for many years she lived with clinical depression and did not know it. Her father was murdered when she was only five years old and throughout her childhood and early adulthood her relationship with her mother, who later also discovered she had depression, was very strained.“Let’s Talk is certainly South Africa’s most ambitious mental health programme yet,” says Mariska Fouche, public affairs manager for Pharma Dynamics, adding that thousands of people have visited the campaign website since its launch.The campaign attracted many testimonials from teenagers to members of the elderly community, who said they were lonely and felt alienated. These were their biggest obstacles to fighting the conditions they live with, most commonly depression and anxiety.“We’ve invested a lot in the campaign,” says Fouche, “and we hope the film will start a large social media movement and help change attitudes and taboos that still exist around mental illness.”last_img read more


first_img27 March 2014 South Africa remains firmly committed to maintaining the security of all nuclear and other radioactive material in the country, in keeping with its national and international obligations, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague in the Netherlands on Tuesday. “We welcome the progress achieved to strengthen nuclear security at national levels and through the relevant multilateral organisations, especially the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “South Africa stands ready to work together with all members of the international community to raise nuclear security levels internationally.” South Africa would continue to exercise its right to research, develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, she said, noting that the country had adopted a policy on the beneficiation of its mineral resources, including uranium. “We also derive great benefit from nuclear applications in areas such as health, nutrition and agriculture. South Africa contributes to these applications through the supply of medical isotopes and is well-placed to produce these isotopes on a large scale using low-enriched uranium fuel.” According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa “firmly favours a multilateral approach to promoting nuclear security which upholds the centrality of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations, and which respects the international rule of law and the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. “South Africa believes that through a co-operative approach in the relevant multilateral organisations, [nuclear security risks] can be effectively dealt with.” Nkoana-Mashabane attended the two-day summit along with a South African delegation that included Energy Minister Ben Martins. Fifty-three countries were represented at the Hague summit, the third Nuclear Security Summit to be held since the inaugural summit hosted by US President Barack Obama in Washington in 2010. The summit concluded with the adoption of the Hague Communique which, according to the summit website, includes new agreements on “reducing the amount of dangerous nuclear material in the world that terrorists could use to make a nuclear weapon”, as well as “improving the security of radioactive material (including low-enriched uranium) that can be used to make a ‘dirty bomb’”. SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_imgKolkata will be eager to maintain their 13-game winning streak as they take on Dolphins todayWelcome to the coverage of Match 18 in the Champions League Twenty20 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunfoil Dolphins from the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium in Hyderabad.ScorecardSunfoil Dolphins managed to score 151 runs while chasing an imposing total of 187 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders at Uppal. It is a comprehensive win for Kolkata and Gambhir’s men extend their unbeaten streak to 13 matches, which is the most by an Indian team. Yusuf and Russell struck early and had Dolphins at 6/2. van Wyk and van Jaarsveld rebuilt the innings, but fell in quick succession. Zondo and Phehlukwayo hit some meaty blows and kept them in the hunt, but once they perished it was just a matter of time for Kolkata to complete the formalities. Gambhir tried out a few different options, like opening the bowling with Yusuf, giving Suryakumar and Tendo a bowl. At the end, it was Narine who did most of the damage with his 3 wickets, he was well supported by the rest of the bowlers. Dolphins showed glimpses of what they are capable of, but return home without a win.Most consecutive wins in T20s!Top 3 Teams :- 25 Sialkot- 14 Otago- 13 #KKRCongrats Everyone @iamsrk @KKRiders !! Happy New A.K.N (@iamAKN) September 29, 2014That’s the END OF INNINGS for Dolphins!!FIVE RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: Prenelan Subrayen swings hard but misses it while the ball hits the pads. Andre Russell will bowl the FINAL OVER for Kolkata. It’s 42 off 6 for Dolphins!!advertisementWith Prenelan Subrayen(6) and Kyle Abbott(3) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 146/8 after 19 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 18.2 overs: FOUR!! Prenelan Subrayen waits for it and smacks it through square leg for a boundary.Prenelan Subrayen comes to the crease for Dolphins.17.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Kuldeep Yadav has got Jonathan Vandiar out caught at long-off. Vandiar stands tall and sends it straight into the hands of Suryakumar Yadav who takes it under the ropes. Jonathan Vandiar departs after scoring one run off two balls. Dolphins are FALLING APART here!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!Kyle Abbott comes to the crease for Dolphins.16.6 overs: OUT!! Sunil Narine has got Khayelihle Zondo out caught at deep midwicket. Zondo sweeps it with brutal force but sends it straight down the throat of Piyush Chawla for a simple catch. Khayelihle Zondo departs after scoring 32 runs off 25 balls with a boundary and a six. With Robert Frylinck(8) and Khayelihle Zondo(31) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 132/5 after 16 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!15.3 overs: SIX!! Robert Frylinck employs the slog sweep and sends it deep into the stands over deep midwicket for the maximum.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!Robert Frylinck comes to the crease for Dolphins.14.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Sunil Narine has bowled Andile Phehlukwayo on a quicker delivery. Phehlukwayo was looking to heave it across the line but gets beaten by pace as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Andile Phehlukwayo departs after scoring 37 runs off 18 balls with six boundaries and a six.14.3 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo reaches out and slaps it over covers for another boundary.14.2 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo goes for the reverse-sweep and gets a top-edge over the wicket-keeper for a boundary. Phehlukwayo was LUCKY there!! With Andile Phehlukwayo(29) and Khayelihle Zondo(26) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 111/4 after 14 overs.FIFTEEN RUNS off the over!!13.6 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo employs the reverse-sweep and sends it past short third man for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Phehlukwayo!!13.4 overs: SIX!! Khayelihle Zondo gets down on his knee and smokes it over deep midwicket for the maximum. That was BLUDGEONED by Zondo!! With Andile Phehlukwayo(25) and Khayelihle Zondo(16) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 96/4 after 13 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!12.3 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo reaches out and sends it racing past backward point for another boundary.12.2 overs: SIX!! Andile Phehlukwayo gets underneath it and smokes it over long-on for the maximum. Phehlukwayo is TAKING ON ten Doeschate here!!12.1 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo stands tall and hoicks it over extra cover for a boundary.Ryan ten Doeschate comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Andile Phehlukwayo(7) and Khayelihle Zondo(11) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 72/4 after 11 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 10.2 overs: FOUR!! Khayelihle Zondo flays the sweep and sends it past short fine leg for a boundary. With Andile Phehlukwayo(6) and Khayelihle Zondo(5) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 65/4 after 10 overs.advertisementSEVEN RUNS off the over!!9.3 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo shuffles across and whips it towards deep square leg for a boundary.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Andile Phehlukwayo comes to the crease for Dolphins.8.6 overs: OUT!! Yusuf Patha has got Morne van Wyk out caught at long-on. Van Wyk skips down the track and lofts it straight down the throat of Manish Pandey who takes it comfortably. Morne van Wyk departs after scoring 34 runs off 28 balls with five boundaries and a six. BIG BLOW for Dolphins!! FIVE RUNS off the over!!Khayelihle Zondo comes to the crease for Dolphins.7.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Piyush Chawla has got Vaughn van Jaarsveld out stumped by the wicket-keepr. Van Jaarsveld skips down the track looking for the big shot but misses it as Robin Uthappa whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Vaughn van Jaarsveld departs after scoring 19 runs off 18 balls with three boundaries. 7.1 overs: FOUR!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld stands tall and hoicks it over mid-off for a boundary.Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Morne van Wyk(26) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(11) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 38/2 after six overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!5.6 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk hangs back and slaps it behind point for another boundary. POOR LINE from Narine!! 5.4 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk makes room and cuts it past backward point for another boundary. Van Wyk is LOOKING TO BREAK FREE here!! 5.2 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk bends down and sweeps it over square leg for a boundary. Sunil Narine comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Morne van Wyk(14) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(11) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 26/2 after five overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack for Kolkata.It’s Yadav vs Van Jaarsveld here!!With Morne van Wyk(13) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(10) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 24/2 after four overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!3.5 overs: FOUR!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld reaches out and flays the cut behind point for a boundary. With Morne van Wyk(12) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(5) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 18/2 after three overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!2.3 overs: FOUR!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld goes deep in the crease and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. Dolphins will need MORE OF THOSE!!With Morne van Wyk(11) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(0) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 12/2 after two overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!1.5 overs: SIX!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld goes for the pull and gets a top-edge over the wicket-keeper for the maximum.Vaughn van Jaarsveld comes to the crease for Dolphins.1.2 overs: OUT!! Andre Russell has got Cody Chetty out caught at mid-on. Chetty was looking to go over midwicket but lobs it straight down the throat of Sunil Narine for a simple catch. Cody Chetty departs after scoring just one run off three balls. Another BLOW for Dolphins!!advertisementAndre Russell will bowl from the other end for KolkataSIX RUNS off the over!!Cody Chetty comes to the crease for Dolphins.0.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Yusuf Pathan has got Cameron Delport out caught at midwicket. Delport goes for the wild swing and sends it straight into the hands of Gautam Gambhir who doesn’t drop those. Cameron Delport departs for a golden duck. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!!0.2 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk gets forward and drills it through extra cover for the first boundary in the innings. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Van Wyk!!Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport are out in the middle for Sunfoil Dolphins while Yusuf Pathan will start the proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders scored a massive 187 runs after batting first against Sunfoil Dolphins at Uppal. Gambhir wanted his batsmen to be put in a different situation. They were reduced to 34-2, but Uthappa and Pandey put on a show in a record stand in the history of World T20 League. They rebuilt the innings in the early stages with steady accumulation before exploding at the death. Frylinck and Abbott set the ball rolling in the powerplay, but froze in the face of Uthappa-Pandey stand. Kolkata look poised for their 13th consecutive win. Can the Dolphins alter the script?That was #KKR’s highest partnership ever, surpassing Jacques Kallis & Gautam Gambhir’s 152 versus Rajasthan Royals in 2011. #KKRvSD #CLT20 Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) September 29, 2014That’s the END OF INNINGS for Kolkata!!TEN RUNS off the over!!19.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey takes it on the full and hammers it over deep midwicket for the maximum. Pandey surely LOVES THAT AREA!! Kyle Abbott will bowl the FINAL OVER for Dolphins!!With Manish Pandey(69) and Robin Uthappa(82) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 177/2 after 19 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!18.5 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa gets a big stride forward and slices it over covers for a boundary. With Manish Pandey(67) and Robin Uthappa(75) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 168/2 after 18 overs.TWENTY TWO RUNS off the over!!17.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey reaches out and slashes it towards third man for another boundary.17.5 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey stands tall and muscles it over long leg for the maximum. Pandey is UNSTOPPABLE here!!17.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey picks the length early and tonks it over long-on for the maximum. LUSTY-BLOW from Pandey!!17.3 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey takes it on the full and slices it past point for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Pandey!! With Manish Pandey(46) and Robin Uthappa(74) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 146/2 after 17 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!! 16.1 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans forward and caresses it through covers for a boundary. Robbie is SCORING AT WILL here!! With Manish Pandey(44) and Robin Uthappa(68) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 138/2 after 16 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!15.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey goes on the backfoot and bludgeons it over the cow corner for the maximum. That was TONKED by Pandey!! With Manish Pandey(36) and Robin Uthappa(66) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 128/2 after 15 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!14.3 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa rocks back and pummels the pull over midwicket for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Robbie!!14.2 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa reaches out and slashes it towards sweeper cover for a boundary.TEN RUNS off the over!!13.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa gets forward and hoicks it over the in-field for another boundary. Uthappa is ON FIRE!!13.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa goes back and clips it towards fine leg for a boundary.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!12.2 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa waits for it and guides it towards third man for a boundary.NINE RUNS off the over!!Manish Pandey comes to the crease for Kolkata.4.6 overs: OUT!! Craig Alexander has bowled Jacques Kallis on a good length delivery. Kallis makes room to go over covers but misses it as the ball crashes onto the stumps. Jacques Kallis departs after scoring six runs off seven balls. With Jacques Kallis(0) and Robin Uthappa(7) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 25/1 after four overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Jacques Kallis comes to the crease for Kolkata.3.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Robert Frylinck has bowled Gautam Gambhir on a slower delivery. Gambhir was looking to flick it towards fine leg but gets beaten with the pace as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring 12 runs off 11 balls with two boundaries. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!! First change, Robert Frylinck comes into the attack for Dolphins. With Gautam Gambhir(11) and Robin Uthappa(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 18/0 after three overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!2.3 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir rocks back and steers it over the slip cordon for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Gauti!! With Gautam Gambhir(6) and Robin Uthappa(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 12/0 after two overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir waits for it and flicks it towards short fine leg where the fielder lets it through his hands for a boundary. POOR EFFORT from Dolphins!!1.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans forward and sends it scurrying through extra cover for the first boundary in the innings. FAB SHOT from Robbie!! Craig Alexander will bowl from the other end for Dolphins.TWO RUNS off the over!! Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are out in the middle for Kolkata while Kyle Abbott will start the proceedings for Dolphins. Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat first against Sunfoil Dolphins. Kolkata, who have been riding on the wings of winning 13 matches in a row will take on the whipping boys of CLT20 2014, Dolphins. It is an inconsequential match in the sense that Kolkata have won all their three matches till now. At the other end of the spectrum, despite showing flashes of brilliance, Dolphins have lost all their games so far.Quotes:”I think the guys have taken up great responsibility. Unbelievable knock from Suryakumar Yadav(against Perth) and it’s the best knock I’ve seen from such a young guy. He’s got a great head on his shoulder and he’s got a great future. To see Kuldeep bowl well is very pleasing. We need someone who can compliment Sunil and Kuldeep is a perfect fit. Yusuf bowled well and it could help him in his batting as well. There is a lot of hunger in the dressing room and that is the secret about doing well,” Gautam Gambhir said.”It looked closer than it was really, but credit to Robbie for it. It would have been nice if there was a batsman to help him. We will learn from this experience. The batting was an issue, the bowling was OK, although we should have chased some 20 runs less. We want to show we can play good cricket, will look to do well against Kolkata. We can do much better, we will try and show the Dolphins brand of cricket. It has been a wonderful experience playing cricket in India, it is a wonderful country. It has been a good exposure for our guys, we can go back, work on our batting and do better in the future,” Morne van Wyk said after Dolphins lost a cliffhanger to Lahore Lions.Kolkata Knight Riders:Kolkata have shown the required resilience and self-belief to make their mark in the tournament. The likes of Ryan Ten Doeschate, Andre Russell, Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar Yadav have chipped in with useful runs as and when required under pressure-cooker situations.It shows that they don’t just depend on one or two players in the batting line-up to make their mark.However, it has been their bowlers, who have played a pivotal role in helping them to win games. They have wicket-taking spinners like Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav to make those crucial breakthroughs. Narine has always been a threat with his box of tricks.However, the emergence of Yadav, with his left-arm chinaman bowling has added more firepower to their line-up. Till now most of the batsmen have failed to pick Yadav’s variations.Sunfoil Dolphins:Kolkata’s opponents, Dolphins, have played with boyish enthusiasm in CLT20. However, they don’t have the results to show for it. It is up to them to put up a fine performance in their last game of the tournament and at least go back to South Africa with a win under their belt.Among their bowlers, Kyle Abbott has bowled well in patches. The seamer can trouble the batsmen with the new ball, as he hits good lines and lengths and sticks to his plans. Robbie Frylinck, who impressed one-and-all in their last game against Lahore Lions can vary his pace and when needed, bowl yorkers.In the batting department, Khaya Zondo, Morne van Wyk, the captain and Cameron Delport have caught the eye, but haven’t been consistent enough. It was Frylinck yet again whose power-hitting against Lahore sent the crowd into a tizzy. Their ground fielding has been of acceptable standards.Teams(from):Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Jacques Kallis, Pat Cummins, Manvinder BislaSunfoil Dolphins: Morne van Wyk(c/wk), Cameron Delport, Cody Chetty, Keshav Maharaj, Jonathan Vandiar, Khayelihle Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Robert Frylinck, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kyle Abbott, Prenelan Subrayen, Daryn Smit, Daryn Miles Dupavillon, Craig Alexander, Sibonelo Makhanyalast_img read more


first_imgContent security specialist Verimatrix is launching a new multi-network revenue security solution, designed to address the move towards hybrid and all-IP networks.VCAS for Broadcast-Hybrid aims to enhance Verimatrix’s existing Video Content Authority System (VCAS) security solutions, drawing on the strengths of VCAS for IPTV and VCAS for Internet TV.Verimatrix said the new VCAS for Broadcast-Hybrid is designed to better enable combinations of radio frequency and multicast linear delivery with advanced adaptive bitrate service offerings. It uses enhanced HTTP Live Streaming security for catch-up/on-demand and unicast linear services to set-top boxes, mobile devices and smart TVs.“As we move towards the next generation of video services, we believe that pay TV operators have an opportunity to gain an advantage that propels them beyond the current limitations of their physical resources and enables them to better respond to changing market dynamics,” said Tom Munro, CEO, Verimatrix.The firm is due to showcase VCAS for Broadcast-Hybrid at the TV Connect conference in London next week.last_img read more


first_imgVascularized kidney organoid: Culture under fluid flow causes endogenous endothelial progenitors in kidney organoids to create more mature vascular networks which pervade the whole organoid and interact with epithelial compartments. Feb 13 2019Method for growing kidney organoids under flow enhances their vascularization and maturation, increasing their potential for drug testing and regenerative medicineIn recent years, researchers have created mini-organs known as organoids in the culture dish that contain many of the cell types and complex microarchitectures found in human organs, such as the kidney, liver, intestine, and even the brain. However, most organoids grown in vitro lack the vasculature required to provide oxygen and nutrients, remove metabolic waste, and facilitate communication between different cell types that drives their maturation into truly functional tissue building blocks. Kidney Organiods: Flow-Enhanced Vascularization and Maturation In Vitro from Wyss Institute on Vimeo. Source:https://wyss.harvard.edu/engineered-miniature-kidneys-come-of-age/ For kidney organoids, this shortcoming prevents researchers from emulating key kidney functions in vitro, including blood filtration, reabsorption, and urine production. Creating robustly vascularized kidney organoids could enable better modeling of kidney diseases, enhance renal drug toxicity testing and, ultimately, lead to new building blocks for renal replacement therapies.Now, a research team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute led by Jennifer Lewis and Ryuji Morizane has developed a powerful new approach as part of the Institute’s new 3D Organ Engineering Initiative. By exposing stem cell-derived organoids to fluidic shear stress, they were able to significantly expand organoid-derived vascular networks, and improve the maturation of kidney compartments in comparison to previous static culture methods. The work is published in Nature Methods.In 2015, Ryuji Morizane and Joseph Bonventre developed a method that enabled them to derive 3D kidney organoids from human pluripotent stem cells. “While our organoids and those generated in other laboratories contained large numbers of well-organized nephrons and primitive blood vessels, they still lacked pervasive vascular compartments with perfusable lumens,” said co-corresponding author Morizane, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS), and a member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.More recently, researchers around the world have matured kidney organoids by implanting them into animals where they can connect to the host’s vasculature in vivo. “For the first time, our study demonstrates that by exposing growing organoids to fluid flow, a mechanical cue known to play an important role for tissue development in the body, we can greatly enhance their vascularization and maturation in vitro,” said Morizane.To accomplish this feat, the team used expertise from the Lewis lab that has pioneered strategies to create vascularized human tissues, including 3D kidney-on-chip models, using 3D bioprinting that can be perfused and sustained for long durations. Based on these findings, the researchers hypothesized that fluid flow could also promote the formation of blood vessels from precursor endothelial cells found in growing kidney organoids.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair“We determined the right combination of underlying extracellular matrix, media additives, and fluidic shear stress under which human stem-cell derived organoids would flourish when grown in our 3D-printed millifluidic chips,” said Kimberly Homan, Ph.D., who is a first author on the study along with Navin Gupta, M.D. Gupta added that “the vascular networks form close to the epithelial structures that build the glomerular and tubular compartments, and in turn promote epithelial maturation. This integrated process works really like a two-way street.” Homan is a Research Associate in Lewis’ group at the Wyss Institute and SEAS, and Gupta is a Clinical Research Fellow working on Morizane’s team at the Brigham.The vessels growing on the 3D-printed chips form an interconnected network with open lumens, which can be perfused with fluids as confirmed by directly imaging fluorescent beads moving freely through them. “We were excited to see that these vascularized glomerular and tubular structures develop through some of the same stages that nephrons experience during normal kidney development in vivo,” said Homan.“This important advance opens up new avenues for accurately testing drug toxicity in vitro in differentiated nephron compartments and modeling kidney diseases, like polycystic kidney disease, that affect specific structures and cell types using patient-derived stem cells as the starting point,” said co-corresponding author Lewis, Sc.D., who is a Core Faculty member of the Wyss Institute and co-leader of its 3D Organ Engineering Initiative. “Our method may pave the way to also vascularize other types of organoids, such as the liver organoids.” Lewis is also the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at SEAS and a member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.“This study is a great example of the importance of mechanobiology and the potential power of the Wyss Institute’s 3D Organ Engineering Initiative. It provides an important cornerstone for many efforts that aim to create functional human tissues de novo for research, pharmaceutical and tissue regenerative applications,” said Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at HMS and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as Professor of Bioengineering at SEAS.last_img read more