SHARJAH, UAE (CMC):West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, said his players will use warm-up matches against English County Warwickshire this weekend to ramp up their fielding arsenal in preparation for the T20 World Cup starting next week in India.West Indies start a two-match series against Warwickshire tomorrow at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, after thrashing Zimbabwe 2-0 in a similar series which ended here on Monday.”It’s a case of making sure that we get back to a standard where people are afraid of us in the field, and we have the players that can put that fear into other people in the field,” said Simmons.”I think we, as a unit, have to make sure everybody is doing their job and if we can get it to that stage by the 16th then people will be in for a shock.”The Caribbean side displayed solid batting in their confidence-boosting warm-up victories against Zimbabwe.However, Simmons expressed some reservations about their fielding, especially during their final match against the Zimbabweans where catches were dropped.”I think we need to make sure that we are in the field, that we are getting to the ball and we are hitting stumps and things like that,” he said.”We dropped a few catches today … but we got to make sure that we are doing everything right by the time we leave here.”UNBEATEN CENTURYThe former West Indies all-rounder says he was impressed with the unbeaten century stand for the first wicket between Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher, which led them to a 10-wicket victory against Zimbabwe on Monday.He says competition for Chris Gayle’s opening spot is healthy for the regional side.”This was a much better wicket than two days ago and they showed what they are capable of doing,” said Simmons.”They are both in a way fighting for a spot as Chris Gayle has to come in, so it’s good for them to show what they have and for us to know that if Chris is not there that we still have people who can do the job up top.”West Indies are also scheduled to play warm-up matches against India and Australia next week.
… bank celebrates 18 years of service in Region 2By Indrawattie NatramEssequibo Branch of Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Friday celebrated 18 years of service in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) with a grand reception for customers and employees.GBTI’s staff at Anna Regina celebrating 18th AnniversaryThe reception, held on the lawns of the bank, was attended by CEO, John Tracy, manager of administration Sean Noel along with Region Two regional executive officer Rupert Hopkinson.Speaking at the reception the CEO said that the Anna Regina branch has grown over the years, noting however, that business has seen a significant decline since the dawn of 2016.Addressing customers and staff before the commencement of the reception, Tracy said that the decline of the rice industry – the backbone of Region Two, is having a negative effect on business.He explained that the strength of an economy often defines business for a bank, adding that the current state of the rice industry is a “thinning” time for the region.He however said the bank will stand with its customers during “thick or thin” to cushion the effect of the situation. Tracy said despite the challenges, the bank has recognised that the rice industry plays an important role in the growth of the banking sector.Meanwhile branch manager Dave Persaud during his address said the Anna Regina branch was opened on July 13, 1998 and for 18 years the branch has remained efficient and reliable in offering its service to the public: “We are always open to finding new, innovated ways to improve our service and as such we have launched two new products: GBTI Education Saving Plan, and GBTI Kick Start Education Loan Plan.”In explaining the Education Saving Plan, he said it is specially designed to provide parents with the ability to save and make post-secondary education a reality for their children.The GBTI Kick Start Educational Loan Plan, he said, caters for potential and existing post-secondary education that gears to assist in tuition fees, books, accommodation and live-in expenses.The manager also took the opportunity to thank customers for choosing the bank as their choice.After the formal opening customers used the opportunity to interact and socialise with both management and staff of the financial institution.
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A financial framework “that stands out among corporate and airline peers” has helped Qantas gain a coveted credit upgrade by ratings agency Moody’s.Moody’s announced Monday that the Australian carrier’s credit rating has been upgraded from Baa3 to Baa2. Both ratings are investment grade.“While we expect Qantas’ credit metrics to remain fairly stable for the next 12-18 months, the upgrade reflects our greater focus on qualitative factors,’’ Moody’s vice president- senior credit officer Ian Chitterer said in the upgrade announcement. “This includes the unique traits of the Australian continent and airline market, Qantas Group’s strong domestic position, and diversification provided by the loyalty program.”We also factor in the reduction in credit risk through its hedging policy and financial framework. Working in tandem, they help to reduce earnings volatility and increase the predictability of management’s response to market conditions.’’Qantas earlier this month predicting another bumper full-year underlying pre-tax profit of $A1.35 billion to $A1.4 billion, making it the second highest in the airline’s history.The airline said it had seen an improving performance from its domestic operations and a “slight moderation” in the challenging conditions facing it in the international market.Its forecast compared to an underlying profit of $A1.53 billion and a net profit of $1.03 billion in 2015-16.In its decision to upgrade Qantas, Moody’s took into account the “unique” dynamics of the Australian market, including an airline duopoly with budget airline subsidiaries reducing the chances of a new domestic competitor and significant distances between cities.It noted Qantas had a domestic capacity share of 62 per cent and raked in 86 per cent of the available pre-tax earnings in the market.“With its greater scale, far higher margins and a significantly stronger balance sheet, Qantas is in a very strong competitive position,’’ it said.The upgrade also reflected the stable earnings of Qantas Loyalty, which accounted for about 20 per cent of group pre-tax eearnings in2016 with management predicting growth of 7 to 10 per cent for the next five years.Moody’s also liked the airline’s fuel hedging strategy because it reduced cash flow volatility and gave the business time to adjust fuel spikes.“Qantas’ publicly articulated financial framework stands out among corporate and airline peer,’’ Moody’s said. “The stipulation of maximum net debt levels and forward-looking nature of the framework will trigger pre-emptive actions in the event of sustained fuel-cost increases or operational weakness.’’The credit agency said a further upgrade was considered unlikely unless Qantas changed its financial framework to target a debt to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) ratio of around two times but this was not expected.It would look at a downgrade if that same ratio exceeded three times but it noted it was expected to remain below this level.
Zoleka Mandela, the mother of Zenani,New York City mayor Michael Bloombergand Zindzi Mandela pose with the character Grover, from Sesame Street.The blue creature is the ambassador for the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety. Zindzi shows off the bangles that can be bought in support of the Zenani Campaign, with proceeds from sales going towards injury prevention programmes by the Road Safety Fund. (Images: The Road Safety Fund) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sam Monareng Dept of transport communications, media +27 12 309 3970 or +27 83 326 1521 RELATED ARTICLES • Think Pedestrian – and save lives • Cape Town’s transport system lauded • R2.2bn upgrade for SA’s rail system • Roadwork to create 400 000 jobsRay MaotaThe memory of Nelson Mandela’s great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela will live on forever and, with a new campaign recently named in her honour, will help to bring down the number of road fatalities involving children around the world.The Zenani Campaign was launched on 2 May 2012 in New York, by her mother Zoleka and grandmother, Mandela’s third daughter Zindzi.The city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a South African delegation including South Africa’s minister of transport, Sibusiso Ndebele, among others. The event was used to highlight the plight of traffic authorities globally who have the task of curbing road deaths.Zenani died in a car accident on the night of 10 June 2010 while travelling home with relatives after attending a concert that kick-started the Fifa World Cup in Johannesburg. She had just turned 13 two days before.Aims of the campaignThe campaign will fall under the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety initiative, which aims to improve the level of protection for children on roads mainly in developing countries.Among other goals, the UN campaign seeks to secure investment in safe footpaths, cycle-ways and crossing points on streets with lower speed limits, particularly around schools. It also aims to help implement new road legislation where required and encourage a bolder approach to road traffic law enforcement.Zenani will also be incorporated into the Mandela Day celebrations on 18 July 2012. On this day the world honours the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the event calls on everybody to tap into and realise the power they have to make a positive change in their communities around the globe.Speaking at the Zenani launch, Zindzi Mandela said: “I used to think that road casualties were just a tragic fact of life, about which nothing could be done.“Demand protection for children on the roads, and let us ensure that in future, other families do not have to suffer the pain that my family has suffered.”Zoleka Mandela also called for positive action.“Other parents must not go through the pain that I am suffering and will continue to suffer. Every life we save will be a precious victory,” she said.“Every year almost 1.3-million people are killed and millions more injured on the world’s roads – and many of those victims are children. That is simply unacceptable,” said Bloomberg.“There’s a strong and growing network of organisations working around the world to implement proven interventions including tougher speeding, seat-belt and helmet rules and an increase in safe school crossings and more footpaths.”The campaign, he said, was another positive step forward in the global effort to address this issue and save lives.According to Unicef’s State of the World’s Children 2012 report, road traffic injuries claim a disproportionate number of young lives in low and middle income countries.It is common for high speed roads to be routed close to schools or through residential areas, and therefore cities must be designed in a way that reduces risk to youngsters.Pedestrians are a priorityNdebele spoke about the potential benefit of the initiative for pedestrians.“Pedestrians alone account for nearly 40% of road fatalities in our country annually,” he said.He added that at the current rate, road crashes would be the number one killer of children aged between five and 14 in Africa by 2015, overtaking malaria and HIV.To curb this, the Department of Transport launched the Think Pedestrian campaign in April with the aim of stabilising and reducing road incidents by educating drivers and pedestrians about road safety.Driven globally by the UN, in South Africa the campaign is endorsed by logistics company Eqstra and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, in support of Mandela Day.Endorsement from international starsInternational stars like supermodel Naomi Campbell and F1 star Lewis Hamilton have endorsed the Zenani Campaign.Campbell, who is close to the Mandela family, said: “There are far too many children being killed, a thousand every day. The family will never get over the pain of her loss, and we’ll never get Zenani back.“But she was such a positive little girl that she would have wanted to make a difference. In memory of Zenani Mandela, I support this campaign. Lives can be saved, and we need action right now.”Hamilton said that he supports the campaign because action is needed now to prevent more tragedies.How to get involvedTo get involved in the campaign one can become the eyes, ears and voice of the campaign by taking photos of unsafe streets and uploading them on the Make Roads Safe website.Supporters can also buy the Zenani wristband via the website, to show their solidarity with all victims of road crashes.All proceeds will be used to support road safety projects protecting children in developing countries.
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 2In 2030, South Africa’s health system works for everyone. It provides quality care to all, has raised life expectancy to at least 70 years, produced a young generation largely free of HIV infection, and has dramatically reduced infant mortality. • Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Health care – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 11: Promoting health• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 2: A long and healthy life for all South Africans• Department of Health Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019• Infographic: Promoting health Health care – The visionA health system that works for everyone and produces positive health outcomes is not out of reach.The National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, life expectancy of South Africans is at least 70 years. A new generation of under-20s is largely free of HIV, and the burden of disease on the whole population has been significantly reduced.The infant mortality rate is less than 20 deaths per thousand live births, and under-5 mortality rate of less than 30 per thousand.In 2030:• The health system provides quality care to all, either free at the point of service or paid for by publicly provided or privately funded insurance.• The primary and district health system provides universal access with a focus on prevention, education, disease management and treatment.• Hospitals are be effective and efficient, providing quality secondary and tertiary care for those who need it.• More health professionals are on hand, especially in poorer communities.Health care – The challengesAfter South Africa achieved democracy in 1994, the country introduced progressive policies to create a new integrated and comprehensive national health system. Nonetheless, challenges remain.These include:• A complex, quadruple burden of diseases• Serious concerns about the quality of public health care• An ineffective and inefficient health system• Ineffective operational management at the coalface• Spiralling private health care costsQuality health care has mostly been accessible to those who can afford and access it, and not those who need it. Until recently, South Africa’s performance against key health indicators has compared poorly with other countries with similar or less levels of investment and expenditure.Health care – Action requiredIn countries that have succeeded in reforming their health systems, committed leadership in all layers of the health system has been key.The government health system is responsible for maternal health, safe childbirth, vaccination and primary care of children, treatment of widespread infections such as HIV and Aids and tuberculosis, and acute care.Longer-term health outcomes are shaped by factors largely outside the health system: lifestyle, diet and nutritional levels, education, sexual behaviour, exercise, road accidents and the level of violence.The National Development Plan makes recommendations in all of these areas.Priorities include maternal and infant health, disease management, sex education, nutrition, exercise, and combating smoking and alcohol abuse.These are social responsibilities that must be taken seriously by every citizen, and promoted by families and institutions.Specific action includes:• Improved management, especially at institutional level• More and better-trained health professionals• Greater discretion over clinical and administrative matters at facility level, combined with effective accountability• Better patient information systems supporting more decentralised and home-based care models• A focus on maternal and infant health careImproving health care managementInstitutional health care management must change. Complementary reforms should include greater delegation of authority over staffing, shift structures and routine procurement.A district-based approach to primary health care is part of the pilot phase of national health insurance.The health system needs more personnel (including professionals and paramedics), new forms of management authority, and strengthened statutory structures for community representation.HIV and AidsDespite policy mismanagement in the early 2000s, the HIV and Aids epidemic has demonstrated South Africa’s ability to effectively implement a wide-ranging and complex disease-management programme. The health system’s remarkable success in managing the epidemic over recent years is commendable.But we must not be complacent. There is a continuing need for education, prevention, testing and treatment. Lowering the rate of new infections will reduce the demand on the public health system.Even if there are no new infections, there will still be a sizeable number of HIV-positive people requiring treatment, posing continuing challenges for the tuberculosis infection rate and the risk of drug-resistant HIV strains developing. The epidemic and its implications for public policy are likely to remain for at least another generation – possibly two.National health insuranceBuilding a national health insurance system is an important objective. There are four prerequisites to its success: improving the quality of public health care, lowering the relative cost of private care, recruiting more professionals in both the public and private sectors, and developing a health information system that spans public and private health providers. These reforms will take time, require cooperation between the public and private sectors.Health care – Key medium-term goals for 2019The Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve a long and healthy life for all South Africans.• Progressively achieve universal health coverage by means of national health insurance• Improve quality of health care• Re-engineer primary health care for better outcomes• Reduce health care costs• Improve human resources for health• Improve health management and leadership• Improve health facility planning and infrastructure delivery• Manage and prevent HIV & Aids and tuberculosis• Reduce maternal, infant and child mortality• Develop and implement an efficient health management information system for improved decision makingHealth care – Key medium-term targets for 2019The Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve a long and healthy life for all South Africans.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDER Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015
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The Indian tennis contingent garnered a lot of unwanted publicity before the start of the games due to the selection mess. A lot of fans and experts alike questioned their ability to put the great Indian tennis spat behind them and get in with the job of winning a medal for the country… Unfortunately things haven’t started off on the right note…The women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthy crashed out in the first round to the pairing from Chinese Taipei… And while that was expected, the real cause of concern for the Indian tennis contingent is the slight injury worry for Sania Mirza…The French Open mixed doubles winner had her right knee heavily strapped and grimaced in pain on more then a few occassions on court 19, as she went for her trademark forehand winners.Speaking to us after the loss, Sania said, “The strapping on the knee is precautionary. I felt a bit of tightness during a practice session a couple of days ago and didn’t want to take a chance…”Ray of hopeAnd talking of chance, India’s real chance of picking up a tennis medal is in the mixed doubles… The signing in ceremony for the mixed doubles will take place on the 31st of July and the action starts from the 1st of August. Leander Paes and Sania Mirza might not have played together since their quarter final loss at the Commonwealth Games 2 years ago, but both have plenty of doubles experience to turn it on together when the situation demands.With both players comfortable playing on the forehand court, there was a bit of doubt as to how the two would gel together. But it seems the duo have sorted out this little problem, as sania explains… “Leander and I had a word about playing the forehand court and he’s ok with me playing on the forehand side… Leander is such a great net player, it doesn’t really matter which side he plays on”.advertisement