first_imgBy NICOLE McALEE News Writer Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today.  The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said.  According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats.  Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community.  “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said. Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI.  The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI.  In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,00s, and last year, it raised more than $6,00s, according to Ryad.  VanEgmond said the women’s rowing teamebelievesyit can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research.  “This year we started an o-line giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at nmcalee@nd.edu,Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today.  The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said.  According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats.  Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community.  “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said.  Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI. The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI.  In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,000, and last year, it raised more than $6,000, according to Ryan.  VanEgmond said the women’s rowing team believes it can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research.  “This year we started an online giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at nmcalee@nd.edulast_img read more

first_img Share 34 Views   one comment Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews Health professionals here receive training on the movement of diabetic foot ulcers by: – June 15, 2011 Health Educator, Anthelia JamesThe Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation, hosted a one day workshop on ‘diabetic foot care’.The objective of the workshop was to reduce the negative effects of chronic non communicable diseases on the quality of life of persons affected by diabetes.“All available data globally, regionally and at national level, show that diabetes is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. This impacts not only on the quality of life of persons affected, but also on their families. It also affects the national drug expenditure which we might hear a little about later and all in all the overall economic development of countries. The Dominica diabetic foot care programme focuses on militating against one of the main complications of diabetes and the programme speaks for itself: the diabetic foot. The programme aims to build capacity of all stake holders: those who are involved in some way or the other in caring for the feet of persons with diabetes.” Health Educator, Anthelia JamesCoordinator of the Health Promotion and Resource Centre, Helen Royer, spoke of the effort by the Ministry of Health to educate nationals about the care of diabetics.“The programme comprises of several components and seeks to create the awareness among health care providers, allied health workers, diabetics and their care givers on the severe complications of diabetes and the need to standardise the management of diabetics in regards to foot care. Today’s component is the first level of training and targets medical doctors both at the hospitals and the seven (7) health districts. It offers a concentrated programme that covers how to assess and treat advanced lower extremity arterial disease with the goal of saving the limb. The training brings together experienced skilled professionals who will provide specific detailed information about proper diagnosis and management and will give physicians the knowledge to make critical decisions that ensure the best possible outcome for every patient they come in contact with at the community or hospital setting.” Coordinator of the Health Promotion and Resource Centre, Helen RoyerDirector of Primary Health Care, Dr. Martin Christmas, stressed the importance of the people living with diabetes take care of their feet.“One of the common illnesses in our medium is diabetes. It has also been estimated that approximately fifteen percent (15%) of the more than one hundred and fifty million (150 000 000) people worldwide with diabetes will, at some stage, develop diabetic foot ulceration. Chronic diabetes is a decreased production of insulin by the pancreas as you would all know or an inability to utilise the insulin produced.The condition needs constant monitoring to be kept in check and is linked to a number of complications including vascular disease, retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy, neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers which are of primary concern today. These diabetic foot ulcers can be associated with an increased risk of infection, reduced mobility, diminished quality of life and of course, increased morbidity meaning that persons are not as productive as they would be. We can all attest to that by the large number of persons in fairly productive ages that are affected by diabetic foot problems and have succumbed to amputations. Optimum management of diabetic foot ulcers is a key requirement in the care of patients with diabetes mellitus. The primary care physicians, of which we have many here today, are the principal custodians of the health of the community hence it is that this optimum of diabetic foot becomes the responsibility of the primary health care system.”He is very optimistic about the outcome of Friday’s workshop. Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Martin Christmas“We hope that the end of this workshop caregivers will appreciate that the effects of the increased blood sugars will vary from person to person and that, likewise, diabetes will affect the feet of each individual in a different manner. Some diabetic patients have a very big risk of foot problems and it is extremely important to screen persons with diabetes mellitus to find out who is at increased risk for foot problems. Those who are at increased risk will require specialised foot care. This specialised foot care will include having your patients, for example, remove their shoes for careful examination and, of course, the education process which will encourage persons to take good care of their feet, use correctly fitting shoes and be observant for these tell tales of imminent diabetic foot problems.”Meantime, local representative of the Pan American Health Organisation, Shirley Augustine, spoke of the negative impact of the lives of diabetics who do not take care of their feet.“Amputation may involve life-long dependence upon the health of others and some of us have nobody to depend on, inability to work and much misery. Aggressive management of diabetic foot can prevent amputations in most cases. Even when amputations take place, the remaining leg and the persons’ life can be saved by good follow-up from a multi-disciplinary team. Diabetic foot problems are a significant clinical and public health issue in Dominica as they are in the rest of the Caribbean accounting for the majority of admissions to the general surgical service. Deficiencies in care provision and in education uptake by patients have been documented and appropriate interventions are urgently needed.”Mrs. Augustine spoke of the contribution of PAHO to the reduction of diabetes related amputations. Local representative of the Pan American Health Organisation, Shirley Augustine“The Pan American Health Organisation devotes a large proportion of its resources to the prevention and management of chronic non-communicable diseases mainly through training of professionals. PAHO continues to do significant work in the area of diabetes management through its diabetes initiatives for the Americas. In most cases, diabetic foot ulcers and amputations can be prevented. Our focus is on prevention. Researchers have established that between forty-nine percent (49%) and eighty-five percent (85%) of all amputations can be prevented. It is imperative, therefore, that health care professionals, policy makers and diabetes representative organisations undertake concerted action to ensure that diabetic foot-care is structured as effective as local resources will allow. This will facilitate improvements in foot-care for people with diabetes through Dominica and bring about reduction in diabetic foot related morbidity and mortality.”By Emmanuel JosephGIS Newslast_img read more

first_imgSpaceX’s plan to put a network of thousands of satellites into orbit to beam down high-speed internet to every point on earth just took a big step.SpaceX is rejoicing this morning following the successful launch of its heaviest payload ever containing 60 “Starlink” satellites.The private space company launched its heaviest payload ever, filled with 60 “Starlink” satellites.Everything went perfectly.  Amazon is also hoping to do the same thing.This is just the beginning for the private space company as they plan to put nearly 12,000 of the Starlink satellites into orbit.SpaceX says they are planning on using revenue from its internet service to fund more ambitious projects, including sending humans to Mars.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Ehsan Mani said that the board is still hopeful of hosting Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour this month.”They will come and we will host the matches,” Ehsan Mani said.Sri Lankan board has already named their ODI and T20 squads for the 13-day tour starting from September 25.center_img New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ehsan Mani said on Friday that the board is still hopeful of hosting Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour this month. Mani said that there has been no negative feedback from the Sri Lankan Cricket Board. “Discussions are going on and there has been no negative feedback from Cricket Sri Lanka. They have not said they will not come. We are positive they will come and we will host the matches,” he said.The Sri Lankan board has already named their ODI and T20 squads for the 13-day tour starting from September 25.The Tour includes three ODIs in Karachi and three T20 internationals in Lahore. Mani said that venues for the coming series would not be changed as preparations had already started for the tour.The Sri Lanka team was the victim of a militant attack during a Test match in Pakistan’s Lahore in March 2009. Six Sri Lankan players were injured when gunmen attacked their bus while six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed. Since the 2009 attack, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country. Following the announcement of the tour, 10 senior players, including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews have already opted out of the upcoming tour citing security concerns.Following the move of the 10 senior Sri Lankan players not wanting to tour Pakistan, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry had accused India of coercing members of the Sri Lankan cricket team into dropping out of the Pakistan tour, sparking yet another controversy on social media.According to Chaudhry, India had threatened to remove Sri Lanka’s players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they didn’t refuse to play in Pakistan. “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Chaudhry had tweeted.However, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister has dismissed reports that India had coerced the Sri Lankan players to not tour Pakistan for the upcoming three-match ODI and Twenty20 International series that will take place in Karachi in September. Harin Fernando, the country’s Sports Minister took to his Twitter account to clarify, “No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan.Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full strength team and we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan.”last_img read more