tough win Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) will battle for Group B honours in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-20 Championships in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, today at 4:30 p.m. The young Reggae Girlz lead the group with maximum six points from two games, ahead of T&T (4), St Vincent and the Grenadines (1), and Curacao (without a point). Jamaica beat a tough Curacao team 2-0 last Saturday, courtesy of a double strike by Deneisha Blackwood in the 51st and 62nd minutes. In the other Group B encounter, T&T and St Vincent and the Grenadines drew 1-1. Jamaica, following a 4-1 win against St Vincent and the Grenadines in the opener last Thursday, and the win against Curacao, enter today’s final preliminary game needing just a point to top the group. – M.S.
The Drake University men’s basketball team returns home for its next two games beginning with Sunday’s contest against SIU. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. with the contest being broadcast on ESPNU.Sunday’s game is also the first of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team. Following the men’s game, the women take on Illinois State at 6 p.m. In addition to the two games, it is ‘Super Hero Day’ at the Knapp Center. All youth wearing a superhero costume receive free admission to the game. Fans can meet superheroes before the game and get their pictures taken with them. The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a free set of Drake Basketball Trading Cards courtesy of Christian PrintersThe Bulldogs are aiming for their first MVC win of the season after starting the Valley season with five-straight losses to fall to 5-12 overall. SIU makes its annual trek to Des Moines with a 15-3 record and a 4-1 mark in MVC action. SIU is also 6-0 on the road this season.The Salukis are led by Anthony Beane’s 20.2 points per game, the second highest average in the MVC. Meanwhile, Drake’s is led by Reed Timmer’s 17.1 points per game after a 19-point showing in Tuesday’s loss at Evansville.Timmer will be aiming to recapture some of the magic he enjoyed against the Salukis as a freshman. In the last meeting between the two teams, he scored a then career-high 25 points on 9-fo-16 shooting. Previously he scored 19 points against SIU. In those two games he is averaging 22.0 points, shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range against SIU.Drake currently ranks 10th nationally in three-point percentage at 41.2 percent. However, the Bulldogs have shot 35.4 percent in their four MVC games to date while SIU ranks third n the MVC in three-point percentage defense at 32.3 percent.The Bulldogs have shot 40 percent or better from the arc in 11 of their 17 games this season and over the last three seasons the team is 7-27 when failing to shoot 40 percent or better from the arc. Three Bulldogs – Reed Timmer (.473), Graham Woodward (.402) and Kale Abrahamson (.400) – rank in the top 11 in the MVC in three-point percentage.Timmer and Abrahamson also rank in the top 10 in the MVC in scoring at 17.1 and 14.4 points per game, respectively.Following Sunday’s game, the Bulldogs remain home to host Missouri State on Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3. Wednesday will also be a ‘Half-Price Wednesday’ with half-price general admission tickets available the day of the game.Print Friendly Version
DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Drake University standout Eric Saubert generated a lot of buzz last week at the 92nd East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Playing for the East squad in college football’s longest running all-star game, Saubert was only targeted twice but couldn’t haul in either pass as both passes were tough balls to catch. He also showed his versatility playing on special teams, playing on punt return and punt coverage. Perhaps more importantly, most observers reported that Saubert had an impressive week of practice leading up to the game, with the workout being watched by hunderes of NFL general managers, scouts and coaches throughout the week. In fact, during the NFL Network’s broadcast of Saturday’s game, analyst Mike Mayock identified Saubert improved his draft stock and thus “made money” by impressing scouts during the practice week. NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld, Josh Norris wrote, “The top player entering the week for me exits in that top spot as well. Saubert is a receiving tight end who gives effort. He can be an asset in a team’s passing game at 6-foot-5, 245-pounds. Saubert was a topic of conversation when I spoke with a director of college scouting. I suggested Saubert could be considered in rounds 3-5 in other years, but not this year due to the depth of this year’s tight end class. He shook his head, saying a talented player won’t drop because of the other talent at his position. The director of college scouting noted that Saubert ran a 4.69 this spring. “That is straight out of bed. Straight off of spring break. No training. If a guy can run, he will run.” Saubert will continue to prepare for the NFL Combine, which will be held Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis, as he was official invited earlier this month. Print Friendly Version
Ireland’s consultant crisis is having a ‘serious effect’ on delivery of women’s healthcare as 1,783 women are currently waiting for an appointment with a gynaecologist at Letterkenny University Hospital.There has been a 40% increase nationally in the number of women waiting to see a gynaecologist in five years.Currently, there are 28,417 women waiting for an appointment across Ireland’s public hospitals, of these, 5,394 are waiting more than a year. Letterkenny University Hospital has the fifth highest number of women waiting on appointments.The hospitals with the longest wait times to see a gynaecologist are in Dublin, while Galway, Letterkenny and Limerick had the highest regional figures.In addition, almost one in five (5,394) women are waiting longer than 12 months to secure an appointment.The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says that the consultant retention and recruitment crisis is having a ‘serious effect’ on the delivery of healthcare to women across Ireland. The group says that one-in-five or over 500 of all permanent consultant posts nationally are now empty or only temporarily filled, resulting in patients waiting long periods to access essential healthcare services.They say that consultant salary cuts are driving specialists abroad and new consultants are being paid up to 51% less than their colleagues.As part of their #CARECANTWAIT campaign, the IHCA says that it is time for the Government to restore pay parity for new consultants.LUH records fifth highest number of women waiting to see a gynaecologist was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
17 October 2011 National Geographic has named South Africa’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as one of the world’s best picnic spots. Kirstenbosch, which was established in 1913 to conserve and showcase the diverse flora of southern Africa, is widely celebrated as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Picnicking is a favourite local pastime, and the tranquillity and beauty of Kirstenbosch makes it one of the most scenic places to relax on the lawns and enjoy a truly South African spread. “Being listed by National Geographic is a big international acknowledgement,” says Sarah Struys, events and centre manager at Kirstenbosch. Struys adds that one of the many attractions of the garden is that it has been positioned as a leisure destination, instead of just being a botanical garden where people can only view plants.‘Accessible to everyone’ “This makes it accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be a botanist or horticulturalist to enjoy Kirstenbosch,” she says. Visitors to Kirstenbosch can also view the permanent stone sculpture display and other indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Struys says that picnicking at Kirstenbosch became a popular activity when management introduced the Summer Sunset music concerts at the garden 20 years ago. The concerts are held on Sunday evenings during the summer months, from late November until early April. Over the years, Kirstenbosch has featured many of the best local bands and artists, such as Freshlyground, Arno Carstens, Johnny Clegg and Goldfish. International artists such as Michael Buble, Josh Grobin and Cliff Richard have also performed at the concert venue. The Kirstenbosch concerts have also been recognised internationally. In 2007, Time magazine featured them as one of the top things to do in Cape Town. It also described Kirstenbosch as a “garden of musical delights”.Treasured natural heritage Kirstenbosch was the first botanic garden in the world dedicated to preserving a country’s indigenous plant life. The garden is home to more than 7 000 rare and threatened species. It is adjacent to the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and many hiking enthusiasts use the Skeleton Gorge hiking route, starting at Kirstenbosch, to hike up the slopes of the mountain. Both the TMNP and Kirstenbosch form part of the Cape Floristic Region Protected Area, which was proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.