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DPI malfunctions

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me to begin by wishing President Granger every bit of strength he needs to overcome his illness, and it is my sincere hope that nothing I state further will cause him upset should he read the online newspapers as he undergoes treatment in Cuba.Editor, I am writing to express my displeasure with the manner in which information is dispersed by the APNU+AFC administration.We learned of His Excellency’s diagnosis and treatment via an online news outlet with close links to the Administration, and later, via a press release from our Ambassador in Cuba. Editor, when the Directorate of Public Information was created, it was my belief that it would be a central clearing house for information concerning all government ministries, agencies, departments and public offices, I expected the DPI to be staffed with persons capable of explaining governmental actions and policies in layman’s terms for the edification of the general public and to expound on matters of public interest in anticipation of the needs of the populace.Editor, I am sure my fellow Guyanese would have appreciated an official release from our DPI on His Excellency’s illness; one that would have included details on Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the treatment details including how much time it is expected to take.Editor, I used Google to inform myself further on this form of Cancer and felt immediate sympathy for our President and his family, it appears to be a particularly painful cancer and the treatment is often more painful than the disease; this information was in direct contrast to the glib ‘expected to recover fully’ included in the Newssourcegy.com story, which in its haste to reassure us does a disservice to our need for truth, newsourcegy.com is not, however, funded by taxpayers’ money and is free to operate in any manner they see fit.Editor, during the period when we needed information the most, our DPI was engaged in preparing and disseminating patently false Local Government Election results with the prefix ‘unofficial’ as a disclaimer; an act that is both reckless and dangerous, one that if not curbed now will lead to public danger come General Elections.I suggest that If Imran Khan and his staff want to become a ‘fake news’ outfit, they are free to leave the service of Government and strike out on their own; they cannot and must not be allowed to do so within a Governmental department whilst being paid from the public purse; DPI’s staff must be cognizant of the potential harm that fake election results can generate, as was the case when a home was torched in Sophia on election night 2015, In this modern age a ‘Nuremberg defense’ is not acceptable, and then there is the weight on one’s conscience should the unthinkable occur.I am a firm believer in redemption, and look forward to an improved, profession service of information in the near future from the DPI.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Hazard’s shock admission, ‘desperate’ Man United and Vidal spotted in Manchester

first_img1 As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2014. Here, we look at August…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: AUGUST 2014MOST VIEWED STORY: Wow! Eden Hazard makes shock admission that will stun Arsenal fanstalkSPORT’s sister publication Sport Magazine snagged a wonderful interview with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard at the start of the new season, but it was one of his answers in a separate Q&A that caught the eye of readers, as the Belgian named an Arsenal flop as one of the best players he’s ever played with. But who…?See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/wow-eden-hazard-makes-shock-admission-will-stun-arsenal-fans-140814107678MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW: Exclusive – Man United have become desperate! Former star questions Di Maria feeThe summer transfer window seemed to revolve around the movements of Manchester United and Liverpool, as the Premier League duo lavished exorbitant amounts on players. It was the Red Devils’ British record move for Angel Di Maria that stunned most, a move that prompted one of the club’s former stars to label United as ‘desperate’.Listen to the interview here: http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-man-united-have-become-desperate-former-star-questions-di-maria-fee-140825109836MOST POPULAR FEATURE: ‘Done deal! Transfer warchest spent in stunning swoop for final piece of the puzzle’ – count the clichés!We all love the transfer window – it’s a time when we all dare to dream our club will finally sign a decent player. talkSPORT is across all the latest transfer talk, which makes us well placed to round up all the classic transfer phrases that become commonly used during the window.See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/done-deal-transfer-warchest-spent-stunning-swoop-final-piece-puzzle-count-clichesTALKSPORT’S PICK OF AUGUST 2014: Picture: Vidal spotted in Manchester – a real snip!From the creative genius that brought you ‘Liverpool sign bent’ and ‘Hulk spotted at Stamford Bridge’ came this gem in August. Man United seemed almost certain to land Arturo Vidal during the summer transfer window, so much so that there were plenty of rumoured sightings of the Chilean. But this one proved to be a cut above the rest. That wasn’t the only masterstroke to emerge from August as talkSPORT took at look at the transfer crystal ball to see what lay in store for some of the summer’s biggest names.See the Vidal story here: http://talksport.com/football/picture-vidal-spotted-manchester-real-snip-140828110480CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JANUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF FEBRUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MARCHCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF APRILCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MAYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JUNECLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JULY Eden Hazard named an Arsenal flop as one of the best players he’s played with last_img read more

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From Pele to Hurst, world’s best were foiled by Banks

first_img0Shares0000Gordon Banks is widely considered one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers © POOL/AFP/File / SANG TANLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 12 – It says much about the brilliance of Gordon Banks that the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper never rated his legendary save from Pele as the greatest stop of his glittering career.Banks, who has died aged 81, earned his place in the pantheon of England icons when he flung himself to his right to turn Pele’s goal-bound header over the crossbar in the group stages of the 1970 World Cup. Such was the accuracy and force of Pele’s effort that the Brazil great thought he had scored and was beginning to celebrate before being stopped in his tracks by Banks’s breathtaking intervention.“I heard Pele shout ‘Goal!’ after he headed it,” Banks said. “Definitely. He thought it was past me.”Banks’s England teammate Bobby Charlton echoed the feelings of the fans inside Guadalajara’s Estadio Jalisco and the millions who have seen the save since.“That is without question the greatest save I have ever seen,” said Charlton.It was also a tribute to Banks’s diligence and attention.Noticing the ball was bouncing higher than usual during practice on the sun-baked Mexican pitches, Banks adjusted his technique and his reward was football immortality.“I noticed in shooting sessions that sometimes the ball would kick up a bit more,” he told the Daily Mail.“I was able to anticipate that it was going to bounce up and I could flick it over.”Gordon Banks in action for Stoke in 1969 © CENTRAL PRESS/AFP/File / STAFFBanks had no complaints about being revered for his showdown with Pele.But, for the man himself, that save actually played second fiddle to a stop he made while playing for Stoke City on a dank evening in London’s East End.Asked in 2016 if denying Pele was his crowning glory, Banks replied: “No, that was a penalty (save) from Geoff Hurst against Stoke in the League Cup semi-final in 1972.”– Cat-like reflexes –Despite Banks’s save from Pele, England were eventually beaten 1-0 by Brazil and saw their reign as world champions ended.But two years later Banks was celebrating his second and last major club trophy thanks in part to his sublime penalty save from West Ham United’s Hurst in the League Cup semi-finals.Stoke were clinging to a 1-0 second-leg lead, which had brought them to 2-2 on aggregate, when West Ham were awarded a penalty with four minutes remaining at Upton Park.Taking a long run-up, Hurst smashed a ferocious shot to Banks’s right that appeared destined to burst the net.Yet the Stoke goalkeeper showed astonishing, cat-like reflexes to leap and palm the ball over the bar.England celebrate their 1966 World Cup triumph © AFP/File / STFStoke went on to reach the final after two replays before defeating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley.Of course, Hurst had already played a defining role in Banks’s career in 1966 when the striker’s hat-trick in a 4-2 victory against West Germany earned England the World Cup on home soil.That golden afternoon at Wembley must have seemed unimaginable to Yorkshire-born Banks when he started his career with Chesterfield as a teenager while digging ditches and carrying bricks on a building site.He made his name with Leicester City, where he won the League Cup in 1964, before joining Stoke in 1967 and being voted the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1972.Making his England debut in 1963, Banks won 73 caps and was voted FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year six times before his international career came to an end when he lost the sight in his right eye in a car accident.In later years, Banks twice battled cancer, but remained as active as possible as a Stoke life president and was a regular in the crowd at his old club’s Britannia Stadium.Like many of England’s Wembley heroes, Banks eventually sold his World Cup winner’s medal to help his three children buy their first homes.But while the tangible souvenirs faded, nothing will ever erase the memories of Banks’s greatness.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE

first_imgThe fire at Neil T Blaney road this evening.Gardai and the fire services have responded to a fire on the Neil T Blaney Road in Letterkenny.The fire started just before 7pm this evening and send a large plume of thick, black smoke into the air that was visible from miles around.Traffic in the area build up as motorists slowed down to see the cause of the fire. It is understood the fire was set at waste materials on disused ground.Nobody was hurt in the blaze. BREAKING NEWS: EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE was last modified: October 11th, 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:blazedonegalfireletterkennylast_img read more

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SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN LADIES REMAIN UNBEATEN WITH SUPER VICTORY OVER BONAGEE UNITED

first_imgLagan Harps Ladies team continued their good start to the season with an excellent 5-1 win over Bonagee United.Lagan Harps FC NoticesOur ladies team continued their unbeaten league run with a 5-1 win over Bonagee Utd. Our second team drew 1-1 with Fanad Utd.Our u/12 and u/9 girls took part in the recent blitz. Our u/12’s lost 4-1 to Glenree with Rihanna Devenney scoring. They lost Kilmacrennan 3-2 with Shannon Cunningham scoring.They beat Illistrin with Holly Canning, Shannon Cunningham and Rihanna Devenney scoring. Our best players on the day were Clodagh and Maura Sweeney.Our u/9’s beat Glenree 1-0 (Orla Doherty), Finn Valley 4-1 (Orla Doherty, Aoife Sweeney, Erin Doherty and Niamh Sweeney), Swilly 2-1 (Ishea Kelly, Erin Doherty) and drew 2-2 with Illistrin (Erin Doherty, Niamh Sweeney).Our best on the day were Sophie Canning and Amy Doherty. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 6,20,21 and 23. Nine people had two numbers with Anastasia Roche drawn out and winning E50.The club wishes to extend sympathy to the families of the late Tommy Friel (Rathmullen) and Raymond O’Donnell.Raymond was well known to our club with his long association with Illistrin schoolboys.SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN LADIES REMAIN UNBEATEN WITH SUPER VICTORY OVER BONAGEE UNITED was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

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Arsenal agree fee to sign midfield ace

first_img LATEST Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Torreira has emerged as one of the finest young midfielders in Europe REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal have agreed a fee with Sampdoria to sign midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer, according to reports.The Gunners have identified the Torreira, the Uruguay international, as a top target this summer as new boss Unai Emery looks to bolster his squad following his appointment as manager of the north London club. Latest Arsenal news silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Torreira, 22, has a release clause of £22m (€25m) but, according to Sport Mediaset, Arsenal have agreed to pay slightly over the required amount, splashing out £26m (€30m) on him. 2 REVEALED The 22-year-old is preparing to represent Uruguay at the World Cup Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? crackers England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade targets smart causal Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ NEW ERA Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Under those terms, the Gunners are able to spread the cost of the transfer fee over a number of years, rather than paying it all up front now.The signing of Torreira will be seen as a major coup for Arsenal, who want to bring in a new central midfielder this summer, as he’s regarded as one of the finest young players in the game. possible standings gameday cracker Torreira had held talks with Borussia Dortmund and other top European clubs, but he is keen to head to north London and join the Premier League club.Emery has already wrapped up one signing since his appointment at the Emirates, with Stephan Lichtsteiner, the Switzerland full-back, arriving on a free transfer from Juventus.last_img read more

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Why Tottenham shouldn’t fear playing without injured superstar

first_img REVEALED 3 And when you add to this a similar rise in goals against, up to 1.4 goal against from a mere 1 when he plays, it does feel daunting.Eriksen does plenty of running for Spurs and is positionally aware, which makes him excellent when defending counter attacks and losing this will hit Pochettino’s team as a whole. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Overall, though, the statistics are more evenly balanced with Tottenham’s points per game average without him being 1.8, down from 1.9, while the amount of shots per game remains 16.1.They do allow more efforts on their own goal, up to 12.1 from 10.8, and see a dip in possession to 56.2 per cent per game, down from 58.9.But there is a striking rise in passing accuracy in the opposition half, up to 73.1 per cent from 70.5, which may point to a more considered and slow and methodical approach without Eriksen.However Pochettino attempts to deal with life without the Dane, it certainly could see them struggle against Huddersfield Town, but perhaps not as much as many would think. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ silverware 3 BEST OF REPLY Latest Football News 3 REVEALED The first thing that becomes clear is a dip in goals scored, which is pretty hefty. Eriksen’s absence sees Spurs go from 1.9 goals for per game down to 1.4. This, fans would hope, won’t mean too much against Huddersfield but given their inability to break some sterner five-man defences down in recent years it could be troubling. Erik Lamela has hit three goals and made two assists in his five appearances this season and could replace Christian Eriksen. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Tottenham star Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring against Inter Milan. Most Tottenham Hotspur fans will tell you Christian Eriksen is irreplaceable.The Dane is Spurs’ most creative player with incredible vision and in possession of both a fine pass and shot. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? It’s often lamented Eriksen doesn’t have a direct replacement, especially when he hits patches of poor form, and now they must face Huddersfield Town without their playmaker due to injury.How manager Mauricio Pochettino will play without his star man in midfield is unknown right now with Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, and Erik Lamela all capable of causing menace in a similar role.So far, since joining the club back in 2013, Eriksen has only missed 16 Premier League game but how did Tottenham do without him, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the statistics. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED last_img read more

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HSE ISSUES NEW WINTER VOMITING BUG ALERT FOR DONEGAL

first_imgDONEGAL health officials have issued a new warning about the spread of the winter vomiting bug.It follows an outbreak of the illness in St Joseph’s community hospital yesterday and there are fears it could spread again to Letterkenny General where a similar outbreak last month led to visiting restrictions.The Norovirus us a devastating illness which can leave its victims very sick for more than a week. Even after recovering those struck down by it still carry the virus for up to two days. In a statement to Donegal Daily the North West Public Health Department is appealing to the public to take precautions to protect their health and to adhere strictly to visiting restrictions and hygiene guidelines when visiting nursing homes, hospitals and health services.Dr. Anthony Breslin, HSE Public Health Specialist told us: “Norovirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis; it does not usually cause serious illness, but it is very easily spread. People who contract it can be infectious for 48 hours after they recover.“When it gets into hospitals or nursing homes, it can cause serious disruption, for example ward closures, cancelled operations and added pressure on emergency departments. It is important that ill and vulnerable patients in these settings do not become more ill than they already are. So please cooperate with your local hospital/ nursing home policy on visiting.”Without the cooperation of the public this virus can spread very quickly throughout nursing homes and hospitals, causing discomfort to patients and disruption to services. To reduce the likelihood of spread of norovirus it is important to remember the following: If you have recently had vomiting / diarrhoea, do not visit a hospital or nursing home until you have been well for 48 hours.If your child has had vomiting / diarrhoea, they should not go to school/crèche until they have been well for 48 hours.To stop spread of Norovirus at home and in the community:At home, wash your hands regularly with hot water after using the toilet and when touching food.If someone vomits at home, use hot water and detergent to clean up any soiling and wash your hands thoroughly after. If you are sick you should remain off work until you have been well for 48 hours.Treatment; there is no specific treatment for norovirus apart from sipping plenty of clear fluids such as water or flat lemonade.Symptoms will usually last only a day or two but can, occasionally last longer. If you are concerned (e.g. prolonged vomiting/diarrhoea especially in small children and elderly people), telephone your GP for advice¸ to reduce the possibility of bringing norovirus into the GP surgery.HSE ISSUES NEW WINTER VOMITING BUG ALERT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal DailyhospitalHSEHSE ISSUES WINTER VOMITING BUG ALERT FOR DONEGALletterkennyLiffordnursing homeslast_img read more

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Donegal woman Catherine scoops €30,000 on Late Late Show competition

first_imgA Donegal woman has scooped a whopping €30,000 on the Late Late Show telephone quiz.Catherine Breslin from Creeslough was delighted this evening after RTE host Ryan Tubridy phoned her out of the blue.Catherine was picked from tens of thousands who answered a simple question given at the start of the show. And she was still speechless when ‘Tubs’ asked her what she was going to spend the bundle of money on.A delighted Catherine said she honestly hadn’t thought about it.And Tubs told her not to worry about it as she had until next week until the cash arrived.Somebody in Creeslough could be planning a very long cruise of getting a house extension! Donegal woman Catherine scoops €30,000 on Late Late Show competition was last modified: April 9th, 2018 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:Catherine BreslinCreesloughdonegalLate Late Showphone in competitionprizeRyan Tubridylast_img read more

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SA, US join to fight tuberculosis

first_imgNine-year-old Sammy and four-year-old Msizi are tuberculosis patients at Lifecare Knights hospital in Germiston. The Southern African region has the highest incidence of the disease in the world. (Image: World Lung Foundation)Janine ErasmusKwaZulu-Natal University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have joined to establish the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, a research centre of international standard that will focus on contributing meaningfully to the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and HIV.The two diseases often go hand in hand, as TB is increasingly seen as an opportunistic disease that takes advantage of HIV sufferers’ weakened immune system to entrench itself. While an opportunistic disease usually only appears when the immune system is compromised, TB is now seen as such a disease in those infected with the Aids virus.According to the World Health Organisation the disease is the leading infectious killer of people living with HIV and in fact, the two are so closely connected that the term “co-epidemic” or “dual epidemic” is often used to describe their relationship.In South Africa the dual epidemic is especially virulent, as the country has the highest number of HIV-positive people in the world. Many sufferers contract the extreme drug-resistant strain of TB, which was first noticed in Tugela Ferry in 2005. In the rural KwaZulu-Natal town, 44 people contracted the deadly TB strain – all were found to be HIV positive, and all but one of them died.International centre of research excellenceHowever, there is now fresh cause for hope. The KwaZulu-Natal research institute, which has been two years in the planning, was announced simultaneously in Washington, DC, and Durban on 19 March 2009.As part of its goal of becoming an international centre of research excellence, the institute will also concentrate its efforts on producing a new generation of research scientists that, with training in the field, will be able to competently tackle African issues.The facility will be housed in a brand-new six-floor state-of-the-art BSL-3 laboratory on the campus of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban. A BSL-x classification refers to the biosafety level of a facility, and level three applies to those facilities, whether they are of a diagnostic, teaching, research, or production nature, that work with indigenous pathogens capable of causing serious or potentially lethal disease after inhalation.Construction of the building is expected to begin in September 2009.Supporting medical researchThe non-profit Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), established in the 1953 by the late aviation magnate Howard Hughes, is one of the largest private funding organisations for biological and medical research in the US.After the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the institute is the second-wealthiest philanthropic organisation in the US with an endowment of a staggering R180.7-billion (US$18.6-billion). It is also the second-best endowed medical research foundation in the world, coming in behind the UK’s Wellcome Trust.The HHMI will invest committed R583-million ($60-million) into the KwaZulu-Natal initiative over the next decade, providing R29-million ($3-million) in grant funding and for the construction of temporary laboratory facilities in 2009.Outgoing president of the HHMI, Thomas Cech, said that it was the joint view of the HHMI and the university that substantial investment into research in the heart of the pandemics of HIV and TB will yield major discoveries, and do much to alleviate the suffering caused by these diseases.“There is no better place on the continent to conduct research into TB,” said Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, vice-chancellor of KwaZulu-Natal University. “The partnership is addressing a real problem that affects real people.”According to Robert Tjian, the incoming president of the HHMI, the project will have global benefits. “This initiative is one of the most challenging we have embarked upon in our international programme,” he said. “I look forward to seeing how the facility realises the potential for developing new strategies to combat the dual scourge of HIV and tuberculosis – both for South Africa and the entire world.”The South African institute will focus initially on four core research areas – development of rapid and more effective tests for TB, research into the characteristics of drug resistant strains of TB, analysis of the complex immune response to TB, specifically among those already infected with HIV, and a study of recurrent TB in HIV-positive patients to assess the nature of the recurrence.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesIncentive scheme for the poorMobile HIV testing in KZN TB diagnosis breakthroughBig medicine from a little plant Alive & Kicking up a storm Useful linksHoward Hughes Medical InstituteKwaZulu-Natal UniversityHIV statistics – South AfricaWorld Health Organisation – TB and HIVWorld Health Organisation – South Africalast_img read more

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