first_img“I hope that the foundation that was laid for these girls over the past four years will be built on by the incoming freshman class,” Van Heerden said. “I think there’s an incredible group here that does so well and I think they’ll step up and be amazing leaders. The Bears walked out with their heads held high as they defied the odds and made it to their first ever NCAA Tournament in program history. Along with that, the Bears finished with 20 wins and earned a hard-fought SLC Tournament Championship for the first time in Bear history. The Bears pushed the Cowgirls the best they could in doubles play and were on the brink of winning Court No. 1 before the Cowgirls took the 2 and 3 courts. The senior pairing of Rada Manataweewat and Ma fell 6-1 at No. 2 to begin the match. Vasupongchai and Nonoyama were handed their first loss of the season in doubles play as they fell 6-4 at the No. 3 to conclude doubles play. Xin and Van Heerden faced the #23 ranked doubles team in the nation at the No. 1 and were moments away from winning as play was halted at 5-4. We know who we are, but others need to know it too.” HEAR FROM MARLI VAN HEERDEN: Freshman Chunxi Xin faced #26 ranked Katarina Stresnakova at the No. 1 and showed zero fear playing the talented senior. She took three points in set one and had two in the second before the match concluded. Stresnakova was named to the All-Big 12 First Team before NCAA Tournament play and had 22 wins entering the match. From late nights in hotels, dancing in restaurants, listening to crazy music — those are the moments that will be treasured.” I’m super proud of my seniors and how well we fought for this. I wouldn’t have wanted to do this with anybody else. For us, it wasn’t just about tennis, it was about making the memories and showing the rest of the world who UCA is. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Wharton said. “Playing in it is different in a really good way. I think the travel, the warmups, the practices – everything about being here has been a great experience. Van Heerden talked highly about the underclassmen on the team and thinks they will be able to build off of the success they enjoyed this year. To me, it was as positive a loss as I could have imagined having.”center_img Playing the match, I thought we played as good as we could have under the circumstances we faced. We got a little excited on the big points and maybe needed to be a little more focused. I wish we could’ve played the big points a little better because I think the match was closer than the score showed. STILLWATER, Okla. – The Central Arkansas tennis team saw its season end on Friday night as they fell to the #15 Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears had to battle the Cowgirls in front of a sold-out Oklahoma State crowd at the indoor Greenwood Tennis Center. The match was moved to the indoor facility as heavy rain took over Stillwater all afternoon. The Bears finished the year with a combined singles record of 95-56 and doubles record of 49-21. They will say goodbye to three seniors, including Van Heerden, as they begin to look ahead to next year. When asked to describe the last four years, Van Heerden was very proud of all that they accomplished and will miss making unforgettable memories with her teammates.   “Going from a team that lost every year to a team with winning records and being able to be a part of setting those records both individually and as a team has been very sweet,” Van Heerden said. “I’m going to miss the team chemistry the most. We’re going to forget about the tennis we played, the results and how we felt during matches but we’re never going to forget the fun times we had. Although the score shows a clean sweep by the Cowgirls, the Bears showed the Oklahoma State crowd why they made it out of the SLC with duels at the No. 1, 3 and 6 courts. Senior QiLi Ma held a 5-3 set one lead before falling 7-5 on court No. 6. Senior Marli Van Heerden dropped a heartbreaker set one 7-6 as Marina Guinart won the tiebreaker 8-6 to reach 7. Guinart led the Cowgirls in wins with 25 and never lost in Big 12 play. HEAR FROM HEAD COACH CASEY WHARTON: COWGIRLS 4, UCA 0 The Bears entered singles play in an unfamiliar position as they trailed 1-0 for the first time since April 6. The Cowgirls started singles play with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 4 as #94 ranked Bunyawi Thamchaiwat defeated Yada Vasupongchai to go up 2-0. Sophomore Mei Ishimura took the court at No. 5 for the first time since April 5 and fell to Cowgirls Tennis Female Athlete of the Year Sofia Blanco 6-2, 6-3. Down 3-0, the Bears were battling to hang on but ultimately fell at the No. 2 court 6-1, 6-4 to drop the match 4-0. Wharton was pleased with the way his team performed in the spotlight and was thankful for the opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more


first_imgPrincipal of Deele College Joe Boyle gets into the spirit.George Best was in his debut season as a Manchester united player, The Beatles were sweeping through America and in the town of Raphoe, the doors of Deele College were opened for the very first time.We never new former principal PJ McGowan was a Teddy Boy in the day!Yesterday, the staff and students of the school kicked off the 50th anniversary celebrations in some style, with a 1960’s themed parade through the town of Raphoe, before showcasing their talents to a packed Diamond. There was a cacophony of noise and a vast array of resplendent colours, as the school community, both past and present, joined together for this fun filled day.Some of the regalia on show included figures from the past, such as Muhammad Ali, JFK and John Lennon, while historical milestones from the era were also celebrated, such as the first lung transplant, the first MRI and the first colour television, showing just how far we have come in fifty years.There were some brilliant performances at The Diamond from students, who sang, acted and recited poetry, while others ensured there were plenty of laughs with their eccentric outfits.The event showed the hard work that the students are willing to put in outside the classroom, as well as inside.Thanks to the students and staff, the day was a massive success and gave students the opportunity to take time out from their busy schedules, to celebrate a significant milestone in the school’s history.The Student Council and members of staff from The Royal and Prior also attended the event and showed their support for the celebrations, illustrating the great working relationship that exists between the two schools.A series of events has been organised for the anniversary and they will take place early next year. These events will bring together former students and former members of staff, where they will get the opportunity to reminisce about their days at the school.The current students and members of staff are looking forward to showcasing the school and it is hoped that the 50th anniversary celebrations will live long in the memory.Rosaleen is having a ‘Harte to Harte’ with these two men in Raphoe.DEELE COLLEGE LAUNCH 50th CELEBRATIONS IN SPECTACULAR FASHION was last modified: October 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Leaders in Maternal Health Comment on the New Maternal Mortality Estimates: IMMPACT

first_imgPosted on April 29, 2010June 21, 2017By: Lucia D’Ambruoso and David Braunholtz, IMMPACTClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force is looking to those working in maternal health to comment on the recent findings published in the Lancet that suggest a dramatic reduction in global maternal mortality.IMMPACT is a global research initiative that aims to promote better health for mothers-to-be in developing countries. Their research focus is on evaluating safe motherhood intervention strategies. IMMPACT is based at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, United Kingdom.IMMPACT is an international research project tasked to clarify the complexity that characterises “what works” for maternal health in developing countries, IMMPACT (the Initiative for Maternal Mortality Programme Assessment at the University of Aberdeen) also read with great interest the recent Lancet paper that demonstrated the first ever cross- national reductions in maternal mortality (Hogan et al, 2010).  Echoing Dr Sanghvi, we too hope that these estimates signal a turning point, whereby the prevailing lack of progress (and negativity) that surrounds progress in maternal health in resource-poor settings is beginning to change, and the efforts of many committed individuals and institutions are finally bearing fruit.We are also, however, cautious about the findings, and their interpretation, and await careful comparison and analysis with other forthcoming (inter-agency sponsored) global estimates to develop our understanding of the reasons for differences between these and previous (WHO et al, 2007) figures. In the meantime we feel motivated to write a brief ‘blog’ articulating our concerns regarding these, and other, estimates of maternal mortality, and their use.Specialising in the field of measurement of maternal mortality, the Immpact group has grappled with the inherent complexities and uncertainties of accurate measurement for over a decade, in many of the world’s poorest regions. Immpact is also acutely aware of the need for ‘good data’ to inform policy and planning, and to monitor progress towards wider health and development targets. It is in this sense that we make the following comments related to the recent Lancet article.We note that the uncertainty intervals for the maternal mortality ratios (MMRs) published by Hogan et al don’t include uncertainty arising from the (likely considerable) uncertainties in estimates of adult female mortality, and in estimated fertilities, upon which the MMR estimates are based. Nevertheless, the uncertainty intervals in the Hogan et al estimates are quite wide, as should be expected given the relatively small number of deaths in most of the data-sets, and due to the fact that many countries have few or no data. Considerable further uncertainty also arises from the evident (but uncertain) biases in some or all of the different methods of measurement (e.g. sisterhood method, vital registration and so on) contributing data to the estimates. We feel that research into the causes, and sizes, of biases present in current methods will be critical in reducing the uncertainty in future estimates of maternal mortality.Uncertainty in the measurement of maternal mortality is likely to be unavoidable, but uncertain information is better than no information.  In terms of interpreting information, decision-makers need to be provided with the means to assess the (un)certainty of estimates. The development of good policy and planning decisions (i.e. those that will lead to improved outcomes) under uncertainty requires that the degree of uncertainty is known. Estimates without specified, and comprehensive, levels of uncertainty are not a good basis for decision-making, and are, in a sense, irresponsible in that they encourage readers to under-rate or even ignore uncertainty, and jump to unwarranted conclusions about differences or trends, quite possibly leading to poor decisions and potentially the sub-optimal allocation of scarce resources. Researchers have often not been meticulous in specifying uncertainty; there is a need for wider recognition of the importance of comprehensive descriptions of the uncertainty associated with estimates, and for the development of methods to make this feasible.ReferencesHogan MC, Foreman KJ, Naghavi M, Ahn SY, Wang M, Makela SM et al. Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980-2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5. The Lancet In Press, Corrected Proof.World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the World Bank. Maternal mortality in 2005 Estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA.  Geneva: World Health Organization, 2007Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more