Professor Sliwa: the heart of African cardiology

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first_imgBorn in Germany, Professor Karen Sliwa has lived in South Africa since 1992. The cardiologist and University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher has helped to raise the country’s profile in the field since becoming the first woman and the first person from Africa to take the role of president-elect at the World Heart Federation (WHF).“I see my role as bringing the 200 societies of the federation together to build a larger force and to influence policies,” she said at the time. It was an honour, she said, to be elected to the position.Road to cardiology and South AfricaLike most people, Sliwa was uncertain what tertiary studies to pursue when she finished high school. “So I applied for law, social sciences and medicine,” she told the UCT Research and Innovation Department.“And I was accepted first by the Charité Medical School in Berlin. I did not particularly enjoy medicine, but worked hard because I believe that you should deliver your very best in everything you take on.” And do her best she did.Her move to South Africa was serendipitous. When she and her spinal surgeon husband applied for jobs in various countries, it was South Africa that was the first to respond. The move here has allowed her to excel in her field of research and cardiology.Career highlightsFor her work, Sliwa has received numerous accolades, including the South Africa/Germany Year of Science Celebrations Award (2012), German Cardiac Society Paul Morawitz Award for Exceptional Cardiovascular Research (2013) and the CPP Award (2014) and Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government Life-Time Award (2015), according to the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (HICRA) website.In terms of research, she started the Heart of Soweto Study. Concentrating on patients at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, she investigated cardiac conditions in more than 8 000 patients. Sliwa noticed the high occurrences of health problems such as obesity, cardiac disease and hypertension in women who were of childbearing age.The studies have now expanded to other countries in Africa – Nigeria, Sudan, Mozambique and Tanzania; the name has been changed to the Heart of Africa Studies.She has also heightened interest in research and reporting on health issues in Africa. Sliwa focuses her attention on heart disease and women and has published numerous articles in medical journals.“In the past, many journals were just not interested in African studies and, before the 1990s, many cardiology trials simply did not include women.”MentorshipSpeaking to the International Society of Hypertension, Sliwa said she did not have any career mentors “but my career is built on strong collaborations with colleagues, which became friendships”.Asked about supporting the next generation of female scientists, she answered: “I feel that women in general are working together very well. Women in leadership positions usually make special efforts so that other women can join the team and follow their path.”I think ‘career cafés’ (where one can meet for 30 minutes with a mentor) or other mentoring programmes are highly important.”Source: UCT and SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Music Showcase! The Best Royalty Free Dubstep Tracks

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first_imgWe’ve rounded up the very best royalty free dubstep tracks!  Discover how dubstep music can add intensity and excitement to your video projects!The dark, sexy sound of dubstep is quickly gaining audiences around the world.  With powerful bass lines and reverb rich drums, dubstep is dynamic and intense – a perfect sound for adding energy to media projects.The following tracks represent some of the very best royalty free dubstep music.  These energetic tracks are perfect for film and movie trailers, sports highlights reels, action sequences, party scenes or any youth and lifestyle programming.  Give ’em a listen…and get the party started.last_img read more

Assam Budget proposes development corporation for Muslims, gold for brides

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first_imgA development corporation for indigenous Muslims and a tola (11.34 gram) for brides of all communities and e-bikes for girl students securing first division in higher secondary exams were among a slew of sops in the ₹1,193.04 crore deficit Budget that Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presented in the Assembly on Wednesday.The Budget for 2019-20 fiscal has provision to splurge on 160 Hindu temples and monasteries across Assam with a total annual grant of Rs 4.11 crore – a whopping 451% increase from the ₹91.03 lakh for the current fiscal. These religious places would also be provided a one-time grant of ₹1 lakh each to set up CCTV camera for enhanced security.A few mosques and dargahs are among more than 800 religious destinations to be provided ₹10 lakh each for infrastructure improvement. But the focus of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party appears to be on creating a development corporation for the indigenous Muslims, who have been demanding a council like some ethnic groups.According to the 2011 census, Assam has 1.18 crore Muslims, out of which the indigenous or Assamese Muslims are estimated to be 72 lakh. Prior to the 2016 Assembly elections, the BJP had promised to protect the identity of the indigenous Muslims against the larger Bengali-speaking migrant Muslims.Such a development council “will take up various programmes aimed at the holistic development of this section of the society,” Mr. Sarma said in his Budget speech.“Once the corporation is formed, I will immediately allocate a sum of ₹100 crore for taking up various developmental and employment-related activities,” he added.Gold for bridesThe Finance Minister announced a ‘golden gift’ for brides of all communities who customarily provide gold at the time of the wedding. The facility will be for economically weaker sections with an annual income of below ₹5 lakh.“I am happy to announce that we shall give one tola gold, costing around ₹38,000 today, to brides… The benefit under this scheme can be availed upon formal registration of the marriages under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 and will reach the beneficiaries right in time for the social marriage,” he said. ₹300 crore has been allocated for this scheme named after Arundhati, the wife of sage Vashisht.Mr. Sarma also announced the introduction of a scheme to provide battery-operated e-bikes to all girl students who secure first division or above in their Class 12 examinations for commuting to their places for higher studies.For parents of schoolchildren whose annual income is below ₹2 lakh, the Finance Minister announced an admission fee waiver besides providing free textbooks up to degree level. The scheme, called Gyan Deepika, currently covers up to Class XII.Free riceThe Budget had focussed attention on tea plantation workers, who account for 17% of Assam’s population and are a major vote bank for the BJP.“The government has decided to provide rice, which is presently provided at the rate of Rs 3 per kg, free of cost to 4 lakh families in the tea garden areas as well as 2 kilos of sugar per month,” Mr Sarma said.Beyond the tea estates, 53 lakh households would be provided rice at ₹1 per kg under the Affordable Nutrition and Nourishment Assistance Yojana. The current rate is ₹3 per kg, he said.“We will start the pilot implementation of this scheme from March, for which ₹377 crore has been allocated,” Mr Sarma said.last_img read more

a month agoEx-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town manager

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.O’Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.A statement released by Billericay read: “We can now confirm that Harry Wheeler has been relieved of his duties and has left the club after a recent meeting with the owner.”Differences of opinion have led to the decision and the owner feels changes needed to be made.”Jamie O’Hara will take control of first team duties and will look to immediately make his mark by looking at bringing in some young talented academy players to add to the good experience we have.”From all at the club we wish Harry all the best for the future and we thank him for all his efforts and successes in his time here.” last_img read more