Infant mortality bill authored by Leising signed into law

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising to establish a statewide maternal mortality review committee was recently ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.Senate Enrolled Act 142 requires a health care provider or health care facility that has a patient who dies of a maternal mortality to report the death to the committee, and allows the State Department of Health to review morbidity rates. SEA 142 also sets forth immunity provisions for the provider or facility.Based on the most recent 2018 maternal death data collected by the United Health Foundation, Indiana’s current maternal mortality rate of 41.4 is twice the national average, which is 20.7. Additionally, Indiana’s rate is higher than that of its neighboring states, with Illinois at 16.6, Kentucky at 19.4, Michigan at 19.4 and Ohio at 20.3.“Too many mothers are dying during or shortly after the birth of their child in our state, and we need to find the cause,” Leising said. “Establishing this committee should provide us with the data we need to help find a solution to this devastating concern.”Leising was joined at the bill signing by State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville), State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Corydon), Dr. Mary Abernathy, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine; Dr. Kristina Box, the state health commissioner; Dr. Niceta Bradburn, a retired neonatologist; Dr. David Boyle, a professor of pediatrics in the division of neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine; Kolawole Ale, the Maternal Mortality Review Committee coordinator; Gretchen Martin, the Child Fatality Review Committee coordinator; and Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.last_img read more

African Games: GAA lauds Athletes for impressive showing

first_imgThe Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has lauded athletes and coaches for their impressive showing at this year’s African Games in Rabat, Morocco.Ghana finished the Games with 13 medals and placed 15th on the medal table. Two gold medals, two silver medals and 9 bronze medals. The highlight of Team Ghana’s participation was the men 4×100 relay team who won the second Gold medal.The entire team have been congratulated by the GAA in the following statement.The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) congratulates Ghana’s athletes and coaches for the gallant display that saw Team Ghana register among the medal-winning nations at the 2019 African Games. It took so much effort, both before and during the Games, and despite limited resources and the unbelievable stress from various arenas that GAA and the athletes were under in the very recent past. First and foremost, it is the athletes who competed in Rabat who deserve commendation for their performance and general composure even in the Games Village.  Sincere thanks also go to the leadership of our Athlete Commissions (Ghana- and Foreign-based) for their tireless efforts in working with GAA to ensure readiness and a relatively successful outcome at the Games.  As various parties have come out to claim credit for the athletes’ performance, it is imperative to mention that the athletes have been part of the GAA’s grassroots athletics development program that took root almost a decade ago; literally, all of the athletes have participated in local and international meets organized or facilitated by the GAA over the past decade. For this reason, we must also express our gratitude to all those who have supported GAA over the last decade as we have evolved the system that has, over the years, laid the ground for what we saw in Rabat; but for visa issues and injuries, we should not have been surprised to see a few more golden medals. In building the structure, we must thank our members across the regions and in the Ghana Education Service (GES), Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA), and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (and particularly the Office of the Minister). Special mention must be extended to the coaches and technical departments of the various schools, as well as to the non-affiliated, personal coaches who toil day and night to train the athletes. The financial support for the system has primarily come from a number of corporate sponsors, including the Maria Tsakos Foundation, EventPR, rlg, Sea and Shore, Interplast Ghana, Africanus.net, Cocoa from Ghana, Bank of Ghana, Ghana Commercial Bank, and Just Because Fitness, as well as a host of private individuals. We salute them all and hope that they see these victories as theirs. For the 2019 African Games, we are also grateful to the team’s coaches who were in Rabat, and Team Athletics’ leader at the Games, Mr. Bawah Fuseini, who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer (Secretary-General) for both the GAA and the Confederation of African Athletics Association (CAA) Zone II board. As our attention shifts to the 2019 World Championships where both our men’s and women’s relay teams register in the Top-16 in the World, but where we also have individual automatic qualifiers like Joseph Paul Amoah, Nadia Eke, and Josephine Anokye, as well as five others who might get the nod when the qualification deadline expires next week, we must specifically acknowledge the $3,430 we received from Just Because Fitness (JBF) and $4,913 advanced from an unnamed individual to enable the women’s team attend the Doha qualifiers at the IAAF World Relays in Japan. GAA Communications.last_img read more

Inconsisten Los Angeles Dodgers fall to Chicago White Sox

first_img“I wish I had the answers as to why we aren’t able to put anything together right now,” he said.On a night when Haren pitched well enough and relievers Paul Maholm and Chris Gomez threw a combined three scoreless innings, and on a night when the Dodgers made zero errors, it was even more frustrating.“We can’t expect to win if we don’t generate anything offensively,” Mattingly said.Last season at this time, Yasiel Puig came up and gave the Dodgers a burst of energy. But as Mattingly pointed out, other players — Hanley Ramirez in particular — also were hot.“It’s going to take a group of guys to sustain,” Mattingly said.Ramirez is batting .257, Adrian Gonzalez .264. Ramirez was 0 for 3, Gonzalez 0 for 4. In the eighth, Gonzalez hit the ball hard to center field with two runners on and two outs, but the ball was caught for the third out. He has one hit in is past 11 at-bats.“He looks pretty much the same,” Mattingly said of Gonzalez. “Certain pitchers give him a little more trouble, but for the most part it looks like he’s on most pitches. The ball he hit to center there, he was right on it.”Catcher Drew Butera had two of the Dodgers’ hits. Like Mattingly, he’s at a loss to explain the team’s troubles.“We’re struggling a little bit to get a few wins back-to-back together,” he said. “We’re still optimistic. I think it’s going to take a few lucky breaks.”They better come soon, Butera intimated.“The longer it goes into the season, the harder it is to get on that roll,” he said. “As long as you get on that roll, that’s all that matters.”On the positive side, the pitching and defense were solid. Even in defeat, Haren is doing just fine with an ERA of 3.50.“I feel better now than when the year started,” Haren said. “Nothing specifically was bothering me, but I feel mechanically I’m better right now.”Fans still were filing into the stadium when Abreu drove a Haren pitch over the fence near the 330-foot sign in left for a 2-0 lead. Gordon Beckham had doubled off the top of the left-field wall just ahead of him. Left fielder Matt Kemp appeared to have some trouble tracking both balls.The Dodgers had a chance to get some of that back in the bottom of the inning, but Adrian Gonzalez struck out swinging for the third out with Yasiel Puig on second and Hanley Ramirez at first.Los Angeles did get a run in the bottom of the second. Kemp was on second via a single and Chone Figgins was on first with a walk when Noesi walked Haren to load the bases. Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Kemp, and Andre Ethier flied out to left to end the inning.Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the White Sox (30-30) got that right back in the top of the third on run-scoring fielder’s choice by Abreu, who at that point had driven in all three of his team’s runs.Haren was sailing along in the fourth and retired the first two batters when the No. 8 hitter, Flowers, went the other way on a 3-2 pitch and cleared the right-field fence for a 4-1 lead.It was just last year when the Dodgers went 42-8 over a record-tying 50-game stretch. Manager Don Mattingly is not expecting anything like that, or is he relying on any kind of similarly stunning run. He does know his team has the talent to play better than it has.“We’re not playing good enough to be where we want to be,” he said. “But we also know that we’re good enough. And that means we need to play with a sense of urgency. Everything counts, it’s as simple as that. It’s not that complicated. Just get ready to play, every game matters.“If we can do that every day and grind it out, we’re going to be fine.”The Dodgers and White Sox complete their three-game series tonight at 7:10. Josh Beckett (3-2) is scheduled to face John Danks (3-5).Los Angeles is off Thursday before heading out for a seven-game trip to Colorado and Cincinnati. The loss left the Dodgers at 31-29 and seven games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.Hector Noesi, who had a 0-4 record and 5.83 ERA, earned his first victory. He pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out six. He was aided by a two-run home run by Jose Abreu, his 17th, in the first inning as well as a home run by Tyler Flowers in the fourth.Both of those homers came off Dodgers starting and losing pitcher Dan Haren (5-4), who gave up four earned runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked one.Los Angeles managed just six hits, including five singles. They drew seven walks and scored their only run on Dee Gordon’s sacrifice fly in the second inning.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly can’t put his finger on why his team is having difficulty getting on a roll. The Dodgers have had trouble stringing together victories through the first third of the season.Their longest winning streak was three. Not exactly what one might have expected, injuries notwithstanding — and the Dodgers have had a few of those.It has been a season of one step forward, one step back. Two steps forward, two back. And so forth.The Dodgers on Tuesday took the field against the Chicago White Sox, whom they took care of Monday in their series opener. But, in a true reflection of their season, the Dodgers had trouble putting together good games on successive nights and lost 4-1 to Chicago in front 44,477 at Dodger Stadium.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Paul Lambert to leave post as Blackburn manager after activating release clause

first_img1 Paul Lambert Blackburn Rovers have announced Paul Lambert will stand down as manager at the end of the season.The Scot has only been in the role since November, when he replaced Gary Bowyer on a two-and-a-half year deal.But he recently admitted he was weighing up his future after problems on and off the field.Now, having held talks with the Championship club’s Indian owners, Lambert has decided to activate a release clause in his contract.He will remain in charge for the final two games of the season against Rotherham and Reading before stepping aside.“I would like to place on record my thanks to the owners, and especially the players, staff and fans for the tremendous backing and support I have received since I arrived,” said Lambert.“It’s a brilliant club, with great people, and I wish it every success in the future. For now, I remain fully focused and determined to try to win the final two games of the season, starting this Saturday against Rotherham.”Lambert’s imminent departure leaves Rovers –  currently 19th in the Championship table – looking for an eighth permanent manager in less than eight years.A club statement read: “Blackburn Rovers would like to thank Paul for all his efforts since joining the club in November and wish him well for the future.“The club will begin its search for a new manager with immediate effect.”last_img read more