England Under-17 starlet signs pro forms with Chelsea

first_img1 Jacob Maddox Chelsea rookie Jacob Maddox has revealed he has signed his first professional contract with the club.England Under-17 midfielder Maddox arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2013 and has impressed for their Under-18 side.And the Bristol-born 17-year-old took to Twitter to confirm he has put pen-to-paper on his first pro deal.He tweeted: “Very happy to sign my first professional contract at @ChelseaFC today, proud day for both me and my family, hopefully more to come.”last_img

Pap smear may not be the best test

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Debbie Saslow, director of breast and gynecologic cancer for the American Cancer Society, said there are still issues to be resolved with the HPV test, and federal approval is needed, but “it’s definitely coming.” She said experts expect that to happen sometime in the next decade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press A relatively new screening test was nearly twice as accurate as the traditional Pap smear at spotting cervical cancer, according to the first rigorous study of the test in North America. The new test could replace the 50-year-old Pap in a matter of years, experts say. And there’s a bonus for women: They won’t need a screening test as often. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal conducted the study and published their findings in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. last_img read more

Major minus in state

first_imgThe Legislature spent much of 2007 discussing rising health-care costs and dwindling water supplies, but none of the 750 bills signed into law delivered major reform on either front. Instead, what Californians will get come Jan. 1 is a variety of legislation going into effect that addresses environmental and privacy issues, foster care and elder abuse, gang prevention and toy safety, among other topics. The Assembly’s health-care-reform bill had “gone limping into the Senate,” said Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Industry. And water should have been a major focus but wasn’t, he added. “We were hampered by a budget crisis, which will get worse next year,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles. “It’s the first year of a two-year session. We’ve got a lot more work to do.” Maviglio did trumpet his boss’s gang legislation, which will create a statewide office to coordinate prevention and intervention efforts. And he drew attention to another Nunez bill that funds alternative-fuel and vehicle programs. The latter was part of a series of environmental measures. The Legislature increased support for green building, funded $250million in subsidies for solar water heaters and prohibited the use of lead ammunition in endangered condor habitat. Next year also will see the prohibition of smoking in a vehicle when a minor is present. And, beginning in July, drivers will need to use a hands-free device if they want to make cell-phone calls in the car. For teens, any mobile-phone use while driving will be illegal. The minimum wage will increase 50cents to $8, thanks to a raise that was scheduled in 2006. Legislators also outlawed the use of toxic chemical softeners in plastic baby toys. Privacy issues were a theme in 2007. State Sen. Bob Margett, R-Glendora, co-sponsored legislation that will limit the use of full Social Security numbers in some public court documents, while another bill will stop their use in other public records. “It’s trying to protect people’s identity,” Margett said. Another law has a more futuristic approach to privacy: It prohibits the implantation of radio identification devices under the skin against a person’s will. California also will get a new state office designed to protect consumer privacy and to make government computer systems and records secure. On the social-services front, the Legislature passed a number of bills aimed at reforming the foster-care system – making health care more accessible to foster kids and increasing payments for some providers. Foster-care group homes will be restructured. The Legislature made two moves to protect the elderly. Defendants in elder-abuse cases can now have their assets seized and used in financial settlements. And procedures were established for safely transferring elderly patients between residential care facilities if a center loses its license. State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, made a significant change this year in the national political landscape with his bill that moved the state’s presidential primary forward to the first Tuesday in February – which will be Feb. 5 in 2008. A bill sponsored by his brother, Charles Calderon, made it illegal for landlords to require citizenship as a condition of tenancy. Under the new law, local governments may not direct landlords to inquire about the immigration or citizenship status of tenants. “Cities and counties can’t go around having their own foreign policy,” Charles Calderon said, adding he felt he personally had a successful year but was less certain about the Legislature overall. melissa.pamer@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAddressing those issues could be even more challenging in the future, lawmakers said, due to a projected $14.5billion budget shortfall. “If we cut $14billion, every person in the state of California is going to feel it,” Calderon said. “This isn’t biting the bullet. This is swallowing a grenade.” What was signed into law in the past year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fails to address California’s most pressing issues, according to critics. “Toys, cell phones, greenhouse gases … by any measure those are not California’s highest priorities,” said Jonathan Wilcox, an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication who managed communications for the 2003 recall campaign. Democrats acknowledged it was not the most productive year in recent history. They attributed part of that to focusing on the financial crunch. last_img read more

Prudent delay

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Perhaps 2006 will be the year that the public can finally believe that the DWP is at last serving the public, and not just itself. Finally the Department of Water and Power has some good news for the beleaguered ratepayers of Los Angeles: There will no water-rate hike until a comprehensive review of the utility’s finances and a community review of the findings have been completed. And that could be several months away. The 3.8 percent increase, to be followed by four more years of rate hikes, was expected to begin early this year. But the financial review, ordered by the City Council last year to examine some of the utility’s suspect spending, has put that on hold. This was a prudent delay on the utility’s part. The DWP has no business raising rates when it hasn’t been able to credibly demonstrate that it uses the public’s money wisely, or that it actually needs the additional revenue. The DWP has routinely spent millions in nonwater- or nonpower-related expenses including public relations, sponsorships and propping up the city’s general fund. last_img read more

Celtic ‘preparing offer to sign Netherlands international’

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Celtic are preparing an offer for Wolfsburg defender Jeffrey Bruma, according to reports.Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager, is on the lookout for a new centre-back amid the ongoing Dedryck Boyata saga, with it looking increasingly likely the Belgium international will leave the club before the end of the month. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST 2 A bid of this value will reportedly be of interest to Wolfsburg, who would consider accepting. TOP WORK Bruma has no future at Wolfsburg Bruma worked under Rodgers while coming through the Chelsea academy Latest transfer news Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer RANKED targets moving on 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Capped by the Netherlands for the first time in 2010, he’s gone on to make 25 appearances for his country, and he signed for German side Wolfsburg in 2016.However, he has been dropped from the first-team squad by Bruno Labbadia, the Wolfsburg manager, and is currently listed for sale.According to the report, Celtic are ready to take advantage of this, with the Hoops said to be preparing an offer for Bruma worth around £7million (€7.8m). And, according to BILD, 26-year-old Bruma has emerged as a target of Rodgers’ with Wolfsburg prepared to sell the Netherlands international.Bruma work with Rodgers while progressing through Chelsea’s academy system, and he is a two-time winner of the Dutch Eredivisie. REVEALED three-way race LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Falls at Bradley, 6-1

first_imgThe Bulldogs will look to close the regular season with a victory Sunday as they visit Illinois State for an 11 a.m. match. Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Story Links at Illinois State 4/21/2019 – 10 A.M. Drake (8-14, 2-2 MVC) got off to a great start in doubles as Daria Walczak/Carmen Palumbo won the No. 2 match 6-2. But, the Bulldogs came up just short in a hard-fought No. 1 match as  Liza Petushkova/Kenya Williams lost in extras 7-6 (7-1). Kelsey Neville/Megan Webb were then defeated 7-5 in the No. 3 match as Bradley (14-7, 3-1 MVC) secured the doubles points. The Braves raced out in singles play with three-straight wins before Sophia Haleas claimed Drake’s only singles victory 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 3 match. PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University women’s tennis dropped a Missouri Valley Conference road match at Bradley, 6-1, Saturday, April 19 afternoon. PDF Box Score Bradley 6, Drake 1Singles competition1. Maletin, Sandra (BRAD) def. Petushkova, Liza (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-3), 6-22. Lojpur, Bozana (BRAD) def. Palumbo, Carmen (DRAKE) 6-2, 6-23. Haleas, Sophia (DRAKE) def. Wijesinghe, Malini (BRAD) 6-4, 6-24. Barbery, Natalia (BRAD) def. Walczak, Daria (DRAKE) 6-3, 7-55. Marjanovic, Nina (BRAD) def. Williams, Kenya (DRAKE) 7-5, 6-16. Perlwitz, Nikki (BRAD) def. Webb, Megan (DRAKE) 6-7 (5-7), 4-3, retired Preview Doubles competition1. Barbery, Natalia/Maletin, Sandra (BRAD) def. Petushkova, Liza/Williams, Kenya (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-1)2. Palumbo, Carmen/Walczak, Daria (DRAKE) def. Lojpur, Bozana/Perlwitz, Nikki (BRAD) 6-23. Haight, Lindsay/Wijesinghe, Malini (BRAD) def. Neville, Kelsey/Webb, Megan (DRAKE) 7-5 Match Notes:Drake 8-14, 2-2 MVCBradley 14-7, 3-1 MVCOrder of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,1,3,6,4) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgSET DANCINGA new season of Set Dancing classes will begin again today, Monday October 13th at 8pm. As well as set dancing lessons, céilí dancing will also be taught. Refreshments served.LOCAL HISTORY A Local History and Heritage course will begin on Thursday October 16th in Annagry Community Hall. This night class will be held over the course of eight weeks. It will cover subjects such as archaeology family history, place names, historic events, folklore, folk life etc. The fee for this course is €50 payable on at class one.ARTArt Classes will be held on Saturday afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.30pm in Annagry Community Hall from November 1st. Although this class will be taught through the medium of oils, others mediums will be accommodated. The fee for this eight week long course is €60 payable at class one.GUITAR Guitar lessons for various age groups will begin on Wednesday October 15th. Junior classes (6-9 years old) at 4.30pm, Older (10-16 years old) at 5pm. Names are also being taken for interested adults, but this class will be held on a different weekday.FLY TYINGTuition in the craft of Fly Tying will begin on Tuesday evening October 14th. This 8 week long course includes line casting and is suitable for all age groups. The cost is €60 or €40 for under18s payable on night one. The classes start at 7pm.SOCIAL MEDIASocial media classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons starting on October 22nd at 2pm. This class will cover all aspects of Social Media such as email, search engines, online searching, booking and buying, twitter, facebook, scype etc. The fee for this 8 week course is €40 payable on at class one. LOTTOThere was no winner of the €2180 jackpot in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto for October 8th. The numbers drawn were 2-7-17-23. Eibhlin Martin Belcruit, Mary V.Sharkey Belcruit, John McKelvey Meenacrieve, Cian McFadden Rann na Feirste, Mally Boyle Loughanure, John Boyle (Mariah) Loughanure and Francis Devenney Rann na Feirste matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on October 15th is €2240. If you’re not in, you can’t win!SYMPATHYSympathy of the community is extended to the family, relatives and friends of John Boyd Carnboy, and Seamus Doherty Meenbanad, Seamus Hunter Maghery who have recently passed to their eternal reward. May they rest in peace. 100+ DRAWThe following people who won in the 100+ September Draw co-ordinated by Naomh Muire CLG were €500 John McGarvey Loughanoran. €200 Cathal Gallagher Carrickfinn. €100 each Katie and Lauren Rodgers Calhame, John the Hall Annagry and Jackie Hughes Mullaghduff. €50 each John Ruadh Crolly, Lorraine Boyle Belcruit, Tony Delap Braade, Donal Sharkey Calhame, Jimmy Rodgers Kerrytown, Liam Duffy Annagry, Caolin O’Donnell Ranafast and Nancy Sharkey Dunlewey. The next draw will be held on Wednesday October 29th.ROSSES RADIORosses Radio presents a fundraising concert Saturday 25th October, St Mary’s Hall in Kincasslagh… fabulous performances from Ian Smith, Niamh Hawkins, Children of Acres School, Aisling Sharkey & Emma Boyle, White Lines Country Band, Nicki Pollock of MojoGogo and many more! Will be a great night doors open at 8pm for start at 8.30pm. Five Euro Per Person.CONGRATULATIONSTo Naomh Muire Ladies on winning the county Junior B Championship.DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:Annagry Community Newslast_img read more


first_imgASIST facilitators, HSE representatives, Army Officers and ASIST participants with the main man Tommy.The HSE in Donegal marked a very special occasion by celebrating the delivery of 100 ASIST workshops by one of its facilitators, Tommy Ronaghan.ASIST which stands for Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training was first introduced in Donegal in 2006 and has to date trained over 2,000 people in suicide first aid.The aim of the two day interactive workshop is to create a suicide safer community. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for the person at risk. Tommy Ronaghan & Sarah Meehan, Co-ordinator and facilitator ASIST.The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. It encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid.ASIST is suitable for all kinds of caregivers – professional workers, volunteers, and people responding to family, friends and co-workers. Attendance at the two full days is essential.November 11th marked delivery of Tommy’s 100th ASIST in the Donegal/Sligo/Leitrim area.Trained by the Livingworks team from Canada and the National Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP) in 2007 Tommy reached this amazing milestone very quickly. His hard work and dedication to the ASIST programme is very obvious to those who attend his workshops. ”Thanks to Tommy I now feel more ready, willing and able to help someone at risk of suicide”.“The pleasant delivery of the ASIST workshop and the professionalism of Tommy have made talking about a very tough subject easy”.On approaching his 100th ASIST Tommy had no idea of the celebrations that were planned to honour his massive achievement. The venue was Finner Army Camp (Ballyshannon/Bundoran) and this was the 10th workshop held there since 2009.Finner Camp is the largest employer of under 25 year olds in the area and staff are very aware of the importance of being suicide alert. They have worked hard in recent years with the HSE in promoting a suicide safer community and run two ASIST workshops a year.Those in attendance were ASIST facilitators Anne Gallagher and Bill Vaughan. John Meehan, National Senior Operations & Improvement Manager HSE , John Hayes, HSE Area Manager Donegal, Sarah Meehan Co-ordinator and facilitator ASIST, Charlie Haughey, Army Personnel Support Service Officer, Fr Alan, CF and 24 participants who completed the course. John Hayes acknowledged the achievement and commitment of Tommy and the importance of continuing to deliver and promote a suicide aware community thus helping to reduce the stigma and taboo surrounding this difficult subject.Charlie Haughey thanked Tommy for all his hard work and expressed gratitude at his continued dedication and said it was always a pleasure to work with him.An emotional Tommy, who for the first time ever was stuck for words, said that he had enjoyed every ASIST workshop he delivered and that he was looking forward to the next 100!If you would like further information and details of ASIST workshops please contact: Sarah Meehan: 071 9852000/0860421040 or e-mail: sarahm.meehan@hse.ieTOMMY LOOKS FORWARD TO THE NEXT 100 ASIST ‘SUICIDE INTERVENTION’ WORKSHOPS was last modified: November 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)Tags:AsistdonegalFinner Campsuicide workshopsTommy Ronaghanlast_img read more

Booster for child health in SA

first_imgSouth Africa’s pneumococcus vaccineprogramme is about to get underway andwill save thousands of lives.(Image: stock.xchng) The vaccine is targeted at children fiveyears old and under – the most vulnerable.(Image: World Health Organisation)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa will become the first African country to freely distribute a pneumococcal vaccine amongst its children – the main victims of deadly pneumococcal diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia.The life-saving announcement was made at the 2009 Regional Pneumococcal Symposium held in Johannesburg in early March. Deputy Minister of Health Molefi Sefularo said the new vaccine would be available from April 2009 as part of the government’s primary immunisation programme.Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. There are more than 90 subtypes in the species. When these organisms invade the lungs, they cause bacterial pneumonia; when they invade the bloodstream, they cause bacteraemia; and when they invade the membranes covering the brain, they cause meningitis.Other conditions caused by S. pneumoniae include acute sinusitis, otitis media, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, peritonitis, and pericarditis.The symposium was a joint effort of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, GAVI’s PneumoADIP at the Johns Hopkins University, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kenya Paediatric Association, South African Paediatric Association and the University of the Witwatersrand.The goal of the symposium was to review progress towards safe, effective pneumococcal vaccines and address the question of how to make sure they get to the world’s poorest children. Delegates were also brought up to date regarding the extent and burden of pneumococcal disease in Africa.Costly but effectiveWhile South Africa already spends R104-million (US$10-million) annually on vaccinating children, said Dr Shabir Madhi of the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the Medical Research Council, the new vaccine was expected to cost an extra R728-million ($70 million).The vaccine Prevnar, known as pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), is designed to be effective against the seven types of the deadly pathogen that cause 70% of all invasive pneumococcal disease in South African children; it is therefore a seven-valent vaccine.Manufactured by Wyeth, Prevnar has been available in South Africa since 2005, but one of the biggest controversies surrounding the drug has been its exorbitant cost. At nearly R2 717 ($260) for four doses, it is far beyond the budget of people in developing countries.According to Professor Till Barnighausen of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies at KwaZulu-Natal University, patients in developing countries who do not have free access to PCV may have to wait up to 15 years before the price drops to a level within their grasp.However, there is no doubting the efficacy of PCV. Clinical trials carried out between 1998 and 2000 in South Africa and Gambia, with a nine-valent formulation on nearly 40 000 infants, showed a drastic decrease in pneumococcal infections in fully vaccinated children.At six, 10 and 14 weeks of age, 19 922 children received the vaccine and 19 914 received a placebo. The vaccine reduced the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease by more than 65% in HIV-positive children and by more than 83% in HIV-negative children. It also reduced infection by antibiotic-resistant strains by between 56% and 67%. The results of the study were published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2003.“Widespread use of the vaccine will contribute to reducing the burden of childhood illness,” said Madhi in an article published in 2008 in the South African Journal of Child Health. “It will assist in achieving the Millennium Development Goal aimed at reducing under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015 compared with 1990 rates. The launch of PCV for all children is a great step forward for child health in South Africa.”A killer disease – but preventableEvery year between 800 000 and one million children under the age of five succumb to pneumonia, meningitis, and other invasive pneumococcal diseases, according to the World Health Organisation. In South Africa pneumococcal diseases kill almost 350 out of every 100 000 infants under 12 months of age, and infection rates have risen steadily since the mid-1990s because of Aids, according to Sefularo.Pneumococcal disease is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in young children. Unfortunately S. pneumoniae has developed both intermediate and high levels of resistance to some of the most commonly used antibiotics and therefore preventive treatment is the preferred means of combating the disease.Children who are HIV-positive are especially vulnerable, and studies have shown that the rate of pneumococcal bacteraemia or invasive disease is up to 40 times greater in these youngsters. In fact, 75% of severe invasive pneumococcal disease in South African children occurs in the 5-6% of the childhood population who are HIV-positive.Despite the fact that pneumococcal conditions are preventable, millions more young survivors are permanently affected, often suffering intellectual impairment, hearing loss or seizures for the rest of their lives.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesHigh-price vaccine for all SA kidsHealthcare in South Africa Useful linksDepartment of Health4th Regional Pneumococcal SymposiumWorld Health Organisation – pneumococcal infections and vaccinesNational Vaccine information Center (US)Wyeth South AfricaRespiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit Conjugate pneumococcal vaccine – SA Journal of Child Health (pdf)last_img read more

SA scientist a Forbes ‘power woman’

first_imgA hybrid scientist Mthunzi’s interest in the field developed when she joined the CSIR’s Laser Centre in 2004, as a biochemist. “I didn’t even know what a laser was,” she recalls. “I was encouraged to do a PhD in laser physics, and I found the field very exciting.” She’s always had an interest in various branches of science such as medicine, physics and natural sciences and even zoology. “I see science in everything.” With biophotonics, she can experiment in all these areas, but Mthunzi says the country needs researchers who are experienced in multiple disciplines. “If I only knew biology, I would be limited in what I can do and come up with,” she says. “Some people call me a hybrid because my undergraduate qualification and my Master’s are in biology, followed by a PhD in physics, but I see myself as just a scientist.” Her peers in laser research are mostly physicists and from that perspective her biology background is somewhat unusual. “But it has equipped me perfectly for the job,” she says.Growing biophotonics and science in SA Mthunzi set up a fully functioning biophotonics laboratory at the CSIR and the facility is closely integrated with nearby optical laboratories on the council’s campus in Pretoria. The laboratories are within walking distance of each other, which makes research work much easier. She says South Africa needs more scientists and she enjoys promoting the field. She belongs to the South African Young Academy of Science, an organisation that contributes towards the development of scientific capacity and awareness in South Africa and promotes science at all levels of education. What she would like to see is a greater interest in biophotonics in the country. Mthunzi hopes that in the future biophotonics will become an established discipline locally and be taught as a degree. She says young people also need mentors to inspire them because that’s what helped her achieve her goals. “What helped me as a child is being surrounded by good mentors,” she says. “My aunt was my mentor. She was such a guru. I wanted to be just like her.” The aunt was a teacher and the first person in her family to obtain a Master’s degree.Other South Africans on the list Two other South African women, both prominent figures in the media industry, were also recognised by Forbes Magazine. Yolanda Sangweni is a senior editor at ESSENCE.com, one of the leading publications for black women in the US. She is also the co-founder of AfriPOP!, an online magazine that focuses on contemporary African youth culture, music, fashion and film from an Afropolitan perspective. Journalist, broadcaster and author Redi Tlhabi is the producer of a documentary on the former South African president Thabo Mbeki. She is also a columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper and author of Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing, a book based on her childhood experiences. Tlhabi is the host of a new talk show on Al Jazeera English television channel that will focus on politics, culture, music, health and science. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 11 January 2013 South African scientist Dr Patience Mthunzi has been named on Forbes Magazine’s 2012 list of the 20 “Youngest Power Women in Africa” – women under the age of 45 who are bringing about positive change on the continent through their influence on business, technology, science, policy or the media. Mthunzi, a scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was recognised for her pioneering work in the area of biophotonics, a field of science that enables microscopic study of biological molecules, cells and tissue using laser. Mthunzi is one of only three South Africans to be listed in the magazine – the other two are both prominent figures in the media industry. She heard about the listing late in December, and says that making it onto the prestigious list was completely unexpected. “I feel so honoured and humbled for being one of the three South Africans to have made it onto this list,” she says.International reputation, accolades Mthunzi is fast gaining an international reputation for her work, and she says although she doesn’t work for accolades, the recognition inspires and motivates her to do more. In April last year, she was honoured by President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze, one of the country’s highest national awards, for her local and international contribution in biophotonics. This order is awarded to South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement. She is South Africa’s only senior scientist for the biophotonics research group within the CSIR National Laser Centre, and she is also the first biophotonics PhD graduate in South Africa. As she was unable to study biophotonics at a local university, Mthunzi became the first South African PhD student at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of St Andrews in Scotland.Developing innovative testing devices Biophotonics is an emerging area of science in South Africa. Mthunzi explains that it is a versatile, multi-disciplinary field that can be applied to find solutions for challenges in areas such as medicine, agriculture, environmental and life sciences. Research conducted under the umbrella of biophotonics involves disciplines such as physics, biology, medicine and engineering. Part of Mthunzi’s job description is to come up with novel ideas, and that is what she loves most about her work. She’s leading a project to determine possible medical applications using laser technology. “The field has applications for any disease,” she says. She is developing an HIV testing device that makes use of lasers to test blood samples. The device will be particularly useful in remote areas of the country and could change the way HIV testing is done. “Often people in rural areas have to walk long distances to clinics to get tested,” she says. “By the time they get there, it is too late to draw blood and send it with a courier to be tested at a laboratory elsewhere.” Mthunzi explains that the testing tool would be based on site at a clinic. She would like to design the device in such a way that it doesn’t require a medical professional to operate it. “It will be possible to get results immediately and will be easy to use, even by volunteer staff who receive some training,” she says. She is also working on introducing DNA and genes into stem cells and finding applications for lasers in the treatment of cancer. “Our cancer research is looking into ways to separate cancerous and non-cancerous cells.”last_img read more