Teenaged leg-spinner heads newcomers in Test squad

first_imgLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC): Impressed with his befuddlement of West Indies batsmen in four Twenty20 Internationals over the last two weeks, the Pakistan selection panel have named teenager Shadab Khan in a 16-member squad for their upcoming Test series in the Caribbean. The 18-year-old leg-spinner gained the nod of approval to be one of five newcomers in the Pakistani Test squad, a mere 10 days after making his international debut in the T20 series against the Windies in which he was named Player of the Series for a haul of 10 wickets at 7.50 apiece. The other uncapped players in the squad which will be captained by veteran Misbah-ul-Haq before he signs out of the international game are: middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin, fast bowlers Hassan Ali and Muhammad Abbas, along with left-arm spinner Muhammad Asghar. Seven of the players that made the trip to Australia over the Christmas/New Year’s period have been sidelined for one reason or the other, earning familiar face Ahmed Shehzad a recall, along with fellow batsman Shan Masood. “The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season,” said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. “The team is a fine blend of experience and youth, and we believe that the team will do well on the tour.” West Indies and Pakistan play three Tests during the upcoming series, including the opening match, the 50th to be staged at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, along with contests at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica. The Pakistanis are eyeing their first Test series victory on Caribbean soil, having failed to succeed on seven previous trips to the region and won just five of 23 matches there. Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Sarfraz Ahmed (vice-captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.last_img read more

“If You Are Alive Today, Thank a Midwife”: How Mobile Phones Can Increase Skilled Birth Attendance

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 30, 2016January 6, 2017By: Ida Marie Boas, Program Manager, Maternity FoundationClick 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)A few weeks ago, my colleague and I sat in the car in Accra, Ghana on our way to a stakeholder meeting with several professional midwives to introduce our Safe Delivery App, a new mobile training tool for skilled birth attendants. Together with our fellow colleagues, we sat in the hot and dusty car and discussed the day’s meetings and expectations. In front us was a car with a bumper sticker that read, “If you are alive today, thank a midwife.” Immediately, I turned to my colleague who is a midwife, and I thanked her with a smile.For those of us living in countries with easy access to a skilled midwife during pregnancy and delivery, we tend to take maternal and newborn health care for granted. This is not the case in many countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Every day, over 800 women die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. According to the World Health Organization, 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries, particularly among women living in poorer rural communities. Every year, 5 million babies in the developing world die before reaching their first birthday. Skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth could save the lives of countless women and their newborn children.Imagine this scenario: You are a midwife stationed alone in a remote health clinic in rural Ghana. A young man comes in carrying his wife who has clear convulsions and is unconscious. She is 35 weeks pregnant with their first child. The man is terrified and looks to you desperately for help. You want to do everything in your power to save the woman’s life, but with limited training and clinical experience, you feel powerless.Without proper training and practice, midwives cannot provide high quality maternal and newborn care. Maternal mortality has afflicted women across the globe for millennia. Fortunately, unlike our ancestors, we now have access to technologies with the potential to prevent maternal deaths. Maternity Foundation’s Safe Delivery App aims to enhance midwives’ skills and knowledge in order to improve the quality of care women receive. The Safe Delivery App is a mobile health training tool that provides midwives working in remote, low-resource settings with access to evidence-based clinical guidelines and animated instructions, helping them to prevent and manage obstetric emergencies.A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of the Safe Delivery App in Ethiopia yielded promising results: Compared to the control group, the skill scores of health care workers who used the app increased by 80% from baseline to 6 months and 107% from baseline to 12 months. Knowledge scores also significantly improved among workers using the app.While the Safe Delivery App does not address all barriers—transportation challenges and weak referral systems, for example—its success in expanding health workers’ skills and knowledge is highly relevant in low-income settings where quality of care is challenged by a lack of continuing education. The use of technologies such as the Safe Delivery App can help midwives prevent major causes of maternal and neonatal death, not just in Ghana but in many other developing countries as well. Midwives have the potential to be crucial change agents, but we must ensure that they have the resources they need. I will continue to thank all of the midwives I meet for the amazing work they do for mothers and babies.—Learn more about the Maternity Foundation based in Denmark.Explore how mhealth strategies can help improve maternal health.Read another perspective on how midwives can help reduce maternal mortality.Share this:last_img read more

Microsoft has laid out plans for the opensource r

first_imgMicrosoft has laid out plans for the open-source release of .NET Core, and how it fits into .NET 2015 and the company’s overall strategy..NET Framework program manager Immo Landwerth explained the strategy in a blog post, giving an overview of .NET Core, how it will be released open-source and what role .NET Core will play in both .NET 2015 and Microsoft’s overall cross-platform and open-source development plans. According to Landwerth, .NET 2015 will be a unified implementation of .NET Native and ASP.NET, combining the two under a common JIT runtime, the .NET Compiler Platform and NuGet packages..NET Core is comprised of the Windows Store App Model and ASP.NET 5 App Model on top of a unified base class library and runtime adaption layer, with a .NET Native runtime and CoreCLR security model at its base. Landwerth stated that .NET Core will see agile releases and faster upgrades to keep them enterprise-ready, and will serve as the foundation of Microsoft’s open-source and cross-platform efforts.“The .NET Core platform is a new .NET stack that is optimized for open-source development and agile delivery on NuGet,” he wrote. “We’re working with the Mono community to make it great on Windows, Linux and Mac, and Microsoft will support it on all three platforms.” IBM Watson Analytics goes into betaIBM has announced that its predictive and visual analytics tools for businesses is now available in beta. Watson Analytics automates data preparation, predictive analytics and visual story telling.It is available as a cloud-based freemium service, and can be accessed from any desktop of mobile device.In addition, IBM also announced the Watson Analytics Community to share news, best practices, technical support and training.More information is available here.last_img read more