No public-private demarcation for improving healthcare in India: Dr VK Paul at FICCI HEAL 2019

first_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” FICCI HEAL 2019 – Health of Healthcare in IndiaNational Health AuthorityNITI Aayog Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Comment News Read Article Related Posts No public-private demarcation for improving healthcare in India: Dr VK Paul at FICCI HEAL 2019 The government is working to establish 75 additional medical colleges in next 4-5 years through PPP modelsDr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Government of India said “The public and private sectors in the healthcare sector have come together and are fully committed to serve the people of India.” Speaking at ‘FICCI HEAL 2019 – Health of Healthcare in India’, organised by FICCI supported by NITI Aayog and National Health Authority.“Most important highlight of Ayushman Bharat is that it has now finally established ‘One India, one nation, one health sector’. Private-public demarcations are over once and for all. We are working together on agreed terms and methodologies through dialogue and systems with an endeavour to find solutions to the challenges of our healthcare system” said Dr Paul.Dr Paul said that over the last year, country has added 25 per cent additional MBBS seats, which is unprecedented. “From about 60,000 MBBS seats last year, this year we have about 76,000 seats and actually a potential of about 80,000 seats,” he said.He also said that strengthening human resources for the health sector is the key focus of the government, for which it does not differentiate between public and private sectors.The government is working to establish 75 additional medical colleges in the next 4-5 years largely through PPP models for district hospitals and other mechanisms. This is in addition to the creation of 82 medical colleges that began five years ago.“The emphasis on human resources in this government is profound. If you consider Ayushman Bharat to be the highlight of the Independence Day speech of Prime Minister last year, this year for the health sector he only spoke about human resources, which has gained centrality in the development agenda of the nation,” added Dr Paul.Dr Paul further said that with the reforms in the health sector, a consortium of private players can now set up a medical college unlike in the past when a medical college had to be established by a single entity. He urged the private sector to use their resources for training specialists to help achieve the aspired numbers.Sangita Reddy, Senior Vice President, FICCI and Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise said, “Ayushman Bharat is transformational for the country. Now we need to up the dialogue on healthcare further and converge the power of Ayushman Bharat with the viability for the sector to make quality healthcare sustainable.”YS Chi, Chairman, Elsevier, RELX Group said, “Health records, digital doctor and medical research are the three key tenets that will drive reforms in the Indian healthcare sector. Future medicine will require close coordination between augmented intelligence and doctors.”Dr Arvind Lal, Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and CMD, Dr Lal Pathlabs said, “As the country aims to become a $ 5 trillion economy, healthcare industry will play a major part in building a prosperous and a healthy India.” Dr Lal added “Fund allocation to the North Eastern states has shot up by almost 250 per cent over the last five years. Imagine if this was to happen in healthcare. We urge the government to increase the public health spend to at least 2.5 per cent, as envisaged in the National Health Policy 2017 and preferably to 3 per cent, at the earliest.” Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 By EH News Bureau on August 21, 2019 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”last_img read more

New research provides ‘robust evidence’ that bisexual men exist

first_imgA new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has uncovered genital responses in men that are consistent with a bisexual orientation. The research is the most “extensive assessment of bisexual men’s arousal patterns to date,” according to its authors.“There has long been a controversy whether men who identify as bisexual are actually bisexual. The bisexual men and many others believe that they are. However, some others — including some scientists and lay persons — have doubted this,” said study author J. Michael Bailey, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University.“The latter believe that men who identify as bisexual are actually either heterosexual or homosexual, and that their claim to be bisexual is based on self-misunderstanding, perhaps due to social pressure not to admit exclusive homosexuality.” Email Pinterest Share on Facebook “For reasons I won’t address here (I’d have to speculate), female bisexuality has not elicited nearly as much skepticism as male bisexuality,” Bailey added.For their study, the researchers combined data from eight previous studies that included objective measures of genital response in men who also reported their Kinsey scores — a measure of self-reported sexual orientation. The data allowed Bailey and his colleagues to examine the sexual orientation of 606 men, who were around 29 years of age on average.In the studies, the men reported their sexual orientation on the Kinsey scale and viewed erotic video clips while a device measured changes in the circumference of the penis.The researchers found that 178 participants self-identified as exclusively heterosexual, 102 identified as mostly heterosexual, 46 as bisexual leaning heterosexual, 34 as bisexual, 37 as bisexual leaning homosexual, 70 as mostly homosexual, and 139 as exclusively homosexual.Importantly, men who identified as bisexual displayed genital responses to female and male stimuli that were consistent with their self-reported orientation. Men in the middle of the Kinsey spectrum showed smaller differences in genital arousal to male versus female erotic stimuli, compared with exclusively heterosexual and homosexual men.“Men who identify as bisexual tend actually to be more sexually aroused by both sexes compared with heterosexual and homosexual men. The idea that ‘all bisexual men are lying’ is false,” Bailey told PsyPost.“However, even bisexual men tend not to be equally aroused by both male and female erotic stimuli. They still tend to show preferences, just smaller ones than heterosexual and homosexual men show.”There are still some men who identify as bisexual who do not have a bisexual orientation, such as so-called “transitional bisexuals,” Bailey said.“Skepticism does not only reflect prejudice. Many men who identify as homosexual (‘gay’) as adults go through a stage during their youth in which they identify as bisexual. Asked later, they usually say they were not actually bisexual during this time,” he explained.“There are other reasons for identifying as bisexual that do not require bisexual orientation (by which I mean sexual arousal and attraction to both sexes to the degree that arousal/attraction to women exceed that of homosexual men and arousal/attraction to men exceed that of heterosexual men). This can include sexual experience with both sexes (which is not uncommon but does not require bisexual orientation) and atypical sexual interests (example: men attracted to she-males — natal males who have acquired breasts surgically while retaining their penises).”The study, “Robust evidence for bisexual orientation among men“, was authored by Jeremy Jabbour, Luke Holmes, David Sylva, Kevin J. Hsu, Theodore L. Semon, A. M. Rosenthal, Adam Safron, Erlend Slettevold, Tuesday M. Watts-Overall, Ritch C. Savin-Williams, John Syllah, Gerulf Rieger, and J. Michael Bailey.(Image by Chickenonline from Pixabay)center_img Share LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Fungal meningitis, E coli and cardiac events, daycare reptile rules, BSE agent in saliva, H5N1 in Bangladesh, new US malaria center

first_imgNov 20, 2012Fungal meningitis cases hit 490Over the past few days 10 more infections and one additional death have been reported in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted injectable steroids, according to an update yesterday from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The update raises the total case count to 490 and the death toll to 34. The methylprednisolone acetate doses from New England Compounding Center (NECC) implicated in the outbreak were also used to treat joint problems, and the CDC said it received one more report of a related peripheral joint infection, pushing that total to 12. Meanwhile, a Senate committee that is investigating the outbreak sent letters to pharmacy boards in all 50 states asking how they oversee compounding pharmacies and what actions they’ve taken in light of the outbreak, according to a statement yesterday from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The committee held a hearing on Nov 15 to learn more about how the outbreak occurred and why regulators failed to prevent the tainted steroids from reaching patients.Nov 19 CDC fungal meningitis outbreak updateNov 19 Senate HELP committee statementNov 15 CIDRAP News story “Senate committee raises more meningitis outbreak questions”Walkerton E coli outbreak caused no increase in cardiovascular eventsThe big Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak in Walkerton, Ont., in 2000 did not increase residents’ subsequent risk of cardiovascular events, according to a report yesterday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The authors write that Shiga toxin released by the pathogen damages the kidneys, leading to hypertension, and may lead to chronic inflammation of the circulatory system, which may promote atherosclerosis. The researchers used data from the Walkerton Health Study and Ontario’s healthcare databases to compare cardiovascular events in four groups of adults aged 40 to 89: 153 Walkerton residents who had severe gastroenteritis, 414 Walkerton residents who had mild gastroenteritis, 331 Walkerton residents with no gastroenteritis, and 11,263 people from surrounding communities unaffected by the outbreak. The participants were followed from 2002 through March 2010. Overall, 1,174 people died or had a major cardiovascular event. The analysis showed no increase in cardiovascular risk for those who had severe gastroenteritis (hazard ratio, 0.74; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.38-1.43), and there was a slight decrease in risk for those with mild gastroenteritis (hazard ratio, 0.64; 95% CI, 0.42-0.98). The authors suggest that because of their participation in the Walkerton Health Study, residents may have received extra screening and treatment for hypertension and kidney disease. They found that the incidence of prescriptions for antihypertensive drugs increased more sharply among the Walkerton residents than in those of surrounding towns during the study period.Nov 19 CMAJ reportStudy finds gaps in rules on reptiles, amphibians in childcare centersState regulations for preventing Salmonella transmission from reptiles and amphibians vary for childcare centers, as some rules banning dangerous animals don’t appear to emphasize the known risks posed reptiles, researchers reported yesterday in a letter in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Investigators from Columbia University and EcoHealth Alliance, both based in New York, reviewed state regulations aimed at curbing Salmonella infections from reptiles and amphibians in childcare centers. They found that as of December 2011 only 50% of states had rules requiring staff and children to wash their hands after touching any animals. Twelve states banned reptiles from the centers, and 3 of the 12 also barred amphibians. Some states had rules barring dangerous animals from childcare centers, but only a few specifically mentioned reptiles. Colorado appeared to have the most explicit rules, which ban reptiles, amphibians, and potentially dangerous animals and also require staff and children to wash their hands after touching animals. The researchers said their review might underestimate regulations that are in place, because cities and counties might have them. However, they said their findings suggest that stronger regulations could boost public health efforts to reduce Salmonella infections in young children.Nov 19 Emerg Infect Dis letterResearchers detect BSE evidence in cattle salivaDiagnosing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) typically requires brain or spinal cord samples, but a letter yesterday in Emerging Infectious Disease describes detection of BSE evidence in the saliva of cattle. Using Western blot and immunohistochemical tests, Japanese scientists detected the accumulation of BSE-causing misshapen prion proteins, called PrPSc, in brains collected at necropsy from three experimentally infected cows but also in saliva in all three cows at necropsy and in two of the cows at the early stages of clinical disease. After the saliva samples underwent three rounds of amplification, the team was able to detect PrPSc in the third cow 2 months before the onset of signs. They conclude, “Our findings suggest that PrPSc is likely to be detected in the saliva of BSE-affected cattle during the clinical stage of disease, after accumulation of PrPSc in the brain.” They also say the presence of PrPSc in saliva may help explain the spread of two related diseases: scrapie in sheep and chronic wasting disease in deer.Nov 19 Emerg Infect Dis letterH5N1 strikes Bangladesh poultry farmLivestock officials in Bangladesh yesterday announced an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a commercial poultry farm in Dhaka division, according to their report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak, which began on Oct 23, killed 156 of 4,191 susceptible birds, and the remaining ones were culled to curb the spread of the virus. Officials haven’t yet determined how the flocks were infected. The country’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in April, when the virus struck nine poultry farms in Dhaka, Khulna, and Rajshahi divisions.Nov 19 OIE reportNIH awards $19 million to start Georgia malaria centerThe National Institutes of Health has awarded a 5-year contract worth up to $19.4 million to establish the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC) in Georgia. Researchers from Emory University will head the center, with partners at the University of Georgia (UGA), the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to an Emory press release yesterday. The MaHPIC team will use a multidisciplinary systems-biology approach to study and catalog in detail how malaria parasites interact with their human and animal hosts in order to develop better diagnostics and treatment options. The principal investigator is Mary Galinski, PhD, professor of medicine, infectious diseases, and global health at the Emory University School of Medicine. MaHPIC plans to share the project’s data and new analytical tools with the global scientific community via the Internet.Nov 19 Emory University news releaselast_img read more

‘Sponsors don’t want you, you’re not on TV’ – Dale Steyn talks life after cricket

first_imgGiven his continued enthusiasm for still competing at the highest level, it’s understandable that some local cricket fans feel Dale Steyn will be around forever.He might not be playing Test cricket anymore – a format where he’s South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in history – but he’s still very much in the frame for the white-ball formats, evidenced by his presence for the Proteas’ T20 series against England, which starts in East London on Wednesday.Yet, at 36, Steyn also needs to start looking ahead a tad more seriously, for a time “getting batters out and outfoxing them” isn’t something that excited him anymore.ALSO READ: Boucher sees ‘unique’ De Kock as long-term Proteas skipperEven though retirement isn’t on the short-term agenda, the legendary quick isn’t averse to sharing some of his plans.“There are some good things ahead in the future,” Steyn said on Tuesday.“I’m involved in a company, a business a good friend of mine has just recently started. He specialises in retired athletes. We’ve sat down and had some great conversations, especially about retired footballers and what they’re doing. It’s exciting, some of the things being lined up and it has nothing to do with commentary or coaching, which is quite nice. We’ll wait and see.”Over the recent few months, Steyn starred in the local Mzansi Super League and Australia’s Big Bash, but his relative low profile since the heartache of missing out on last year’s World Cup means commercial opportunities as a player are very slowly becoming less abundant.“It’s something you have to keep in mind. I have an agent who looks after me and manages me as a player, but he doesn’t quite know what to do once his client retires,” the veteran said with a chuckle.“Who wants a player that’s retired? Sponsors might not want to have you because you’re not on TV. Managing that space is very important, so we’ve moved on a bit and have sought advice from people, who, you know, do just that.”Steyn’s ability to be a mentor for younger players has never been in doubt, but dabbling in coaching seems unlikely for now.“I think if I ever wanted to do something in the coaching world, I’d have to up-skill myself significantly,” he said.“It’s very easy to say let’s take a player out of the system and just push him into a coaching role. It’s a whole other thing. I’d have to spend time with people who can teach me to coach.”For now, those things don’t matter.“I love playing against England, I haven’t played against them for a long time. If you’re not excited about playing against one of the best teams in the world, I don’t know what does.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Wilson-Frame’s double-double leads Pitt over UMES

first_imgPittsburgh’s Jared Wilson-Frame (4) passes as Maryland Eastern Shore’s Ahmad Frost (11) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) “Jared is a really good shooter when he has his feet set, but it was his rebounding, his assists, his playmaking, but more than anything his voice,” Capel said. “He had an energy out there. I thought he made the right play, the correct play the majority of the time.”In total, Pitt outscored the Hawks, 41-1 off the bench. Forward Terrell Brown also broke into double figures with 10 points off the bench.The under-manned Hawks only dressed nine players for the game and that number was whittled when reserve guard Gabriel Gyamfi fouled out early in the second half.Point guard Xavier Johnson led the Panthers with 12 points. He’s crossed double figures in each of his first 11 games as a true freshman,“My confidence is high almost every game,” Johnson said “The whole team just such cheers me up when I’m down. They try to keep me up and help me play the same way.”Not only did UMES not have the number of bodies, they were out-classed in size, as well, with just two 6-foot-7 forwards in A.J. Cheesman and Tyler Jones and no one taller. The Panthers handily won the battle on the boards, 51-29 and outscored the Hawks in the paint, 36-24.Jones led UMES with 16 points before he fouled out late. Cheesman also finished with 16 points.BIG PICTUREUMES: Guard Robert Andino became the 10th player in the school’s history to cross the 1,000-point plateau. He entered the game with 996 points and scored six more despite shooting 2 of 10. The fifth-year senior took a medical redshirt in 2017-18, but has returned to form, averaging a career-high 13 points per game coming into Saturday.Pitt: Playing its first game without backup center Peace Ilegomah, who announced his intention to transfer during the Panthers’ off week, sophomore forward Shamiel Stevenson received his most playing time in over a month. Stevenson had six points and two rebounds in 11 minutes and committed two turnovers.TURNING POINTThe Hawks started the game with a 5-0 lead, but the Panthers flipped it quickly, going on a 26-3 run that erased any doubt about the end result.“We came out and had a good little showing for five minutes,” UMES interim head coach Cliff Reed said. “You’ve got to make shots. That was the key. When they made their run, they could continue their run. We couldn’t stymie the run.”The Panthers shot 43 percent from the floor while the Hawks made 31 percent and only 17 percent (3 of 18) from 3-point range.UP NEXTUMES: Continues its season-long, six-game road trip by traveling to Winthrop on Dec. 20. The Hawks have not won a road non-conference game since Dec. 21, 2016.Pitt: Remains home to host New Orleans on Dec. 20 in the Panthers’ next-to-last non-conference game of the season. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Senior guard Jared Wilson-Frame recorded his first double-double of the season as Pittsburgh rolled over Maryland-Eastern Shore, 78-43 on Saturday.Wilson-Frame has been the Panthers’ best bench scorer and second-leading scorer overall this season, so his 11 total points were not particularly unexpected.But the season-high 11 rebounds, three assists compared to zero turnovers and overall presence on the floor was exactly what Pitt head coach Jeff Capel needed from his highest-senior for the Panthers to stop a two-game slide.last_img read more

Family in fear

first_imgBy Jade LawtonA PAKENHAM family is living in fear after their home was burgled in May. Tabitha Tabone said the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Cork City v Galway United Preview – The Shane Keegan Interview

first_imgJohn Spoke to Galway United Manager Shane Keegan on Over The Line Galway United take on Cork City at Turners Cross in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Tomorrow Evening At 7.45pm. https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/SHANE+KEEGAN+OTL.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Tottenham star Fernando Llorente wanted by West Ham in last-minute switch

first_imgWEST HAM are chasing a last-ditch move for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, according to reports.Manuel Pellegrini wants an additional front man with Andy Carroll injured and Jordan Hugill returning to the Championship with Middlesbrough.3 Fernando Llorente would offer West Ham a direct option up frontCredit: Getty – ContributorLlorente, 33, could be available on a permanent deal after struggling as Harry Kane’s back-up last season with suggestions he could be bought for a cut-price scoop of around £7millionHowever, Tottenham have not made any signings of their own during the summer window and might be wary of depleting their squad.Pellegrini has already snapped up Arsenal flop Lucas Perez for £4m today – the eighth new arrival this window.The forward, 29, said: “I’m very happy to be here at such an historic club.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration NaN:NaNLoaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. PlayMuteCurrent Time 00:00/Duration 00:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -00:00 1xPlayback RateFullscreenCheck out all the key Premier League transfers as the deadline approaches3 Tottenham are ready to offload Fernando Llorente this summerCredit: AFP or licensors3 Arsenal’s Lucas Perez has joined West Ham in a £4m dealCredit: Twitter @WestHamUtd“I’m very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League and I’m very happy to be part of this new project.“West Ham have great fans and play in an amazing stadium, so to sign here brings me great joy. I’m very motivated.”Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERElast_img read more

Lamar Men and Women Highlight NCAA South Central Regional

first_imgStephen F. Austin sophomore and Southland Male Newcomer of the Year Charles Mathenge finished the course in a time of 29:58 – roughly a 4:50 mile pace – to break his second school record of the season and capture a seventh-place finish. The Ol Kalou, Kenya, native also owns the school record in the 8K (23:42) after his runner-up performance at the Conference Championships on Nov. 3. Mathenge also earns a spot in the upcoming NCAA National Championship race and is a NCAA All-Region honoree. The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship selection show will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. CT, and will stream live on NCAA.com. Lamar freshman runner Minttu Hukka was the top Southland women’s finisher as she placed 14th in the 6K race with a time of 20:43.6 and took home NCAA All-Region honors. Hukka was named Southland Freshman and Athlete of the Year after winning the Conference Championship race on Nov. 3. Hukka was followed by teammate and first team all-conference selection Leigh Lattimore, who finished 17th in 20:52. Lamar’s Verity Ockenden, a first team all-conference selection, also finished in the top 25 with a time of 21:02.6. Lattimore and Ockenden each were NCAA All-Region honorees. FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Lamar men’s cross country team finished third at the NCAA South Central Regional hosted by Arkansas Friday afternoon, while the Lamar women came in fourth. Lamar’s Sam Stabler and Stephen F. Austin’s Charles Mathenge each punched a ticket into the NCAA National Championships with their top-10 individual finishes at the regional race. Three Southland women’s runners placed in the top 25 and claimed NCAA All-Region honors, while Lamar had a fourth-place team finish. Southland runner-up Stephen F. Austin came in ninth, McNeese State 13th, Sam Houston State 15th, Houston Baptist 18th and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 19th. A total of ten Southland men’s and women’s runners earned NCAA All-Region honors after finishing in the top 25 of the NCAA Regional race. Lamar senior runner Sam Stabler, who was Southland Conference Male Athlete of the Year and league champion, ran the Agri Park 10K course in 29:35.9. Stabler ran a personal career best 10,000-meter time and claimed NCAA All-Region honors. The Leicester, England (Ratcliffe College), native finished third out of 152 total runners and 23 teams to earn a spot in the NCAA National Championships Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Men’s ResultsWomen’s Results Lamar’s Jan Lukas Becker and Southland Male Freshman of the Year finished the race course 12th in a time of 30:09.6 and earned NCAA All-Region honors. Central Arkansas’ Jonathan Burgess came in 16th, Stephen F. Austin’s Cody Brown 19th, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Philipp Baar 20th and Lamar’s Alex Dunbar 24th, each claiming a spot on the NCAA All-Region list. Seven Southland men’s runners finished in the top 25 and earned NCAA All-Region honors as Lamar and Stephen F. Austin had top-five team finishes. Lamar’s third-place finish was followed by Stephen F. Austin in fifth place. McNeese State men and Central Arkansas men finished ninth and 10th, while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi came in 13th, Sam Houston State 17th, and Houston Baptist 21st. A total of 31 teams compete as a team at the NCAA Division I Championships with 18 automatic bids from the top two teams at each regional, 13 bids are at-large. After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected. After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected to compete. From those teams not selected in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected but must have finished within the top 25 of the region. Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool as at-large individuals but must have finished in the regional top 25.last_img read more

CP Holiday Train rolling into Chatham Nov. 30

first_imgThe CP Holiday Train will be returning to Chatham with Santa Claus and new musical guests Nov. 30 in support of a local food bank.The train, which is lit up in Christmas lights, will stop behind the parking lot at the Holiday Inn and John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond Street at 2:30 p.m.Santa Claus will hand out candy and Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band will perform. Doyle was the lead singer of Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea.Brenda LeClair, executive director of Outreach for Hunger, said the event is really about collecting food donations. She said they were able to fill a cubed van full of goods at last year’s event.“We’re hoping to do that, plus this year because being on a Saturday, we anticipate that there will be many more families coming out to see the Holiday Train pull into Chatham,” she said.The train had stopped in Chatham a few times in the past, but there was a “large gap” in appearances until 2017, said LeClair. The Sam Roberts Band performed last year and Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo stopped by the previous year.“Part of their determining factor as to where they’re going to stop is how the community receives them,” said LeClair.“The more people we have cheering for the train as it approaches Chatham and cheering when they open those doors, that lets them know that we’re happy to have them here and we want to see them continue to stop.”Canada Pacific also donated $5,000 to Outreach for Hunger last year. LeClair said the event has helped “tremendously.”“It really helps to put a push on to increase our donations over the holiday season because it’s the holiday season that really sets us up for the months to come,” she said. “Once the holidays are done, people get busy with their own lives and they tend to sometimes forget that there are those people who are struggling.”last_img read more