Hollas Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

first_imgNACOGDOCHES, Texas – In a release issued Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA), Stephen F. Austin sophomore Ann Hollas was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District® First Team member for her efforts both in the classroom and on the court. The only Southland Conference volleyball player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District acclaim in 2017, Hollas is the owner of a perfect 4.0 GPA in biology while overseeing one of the nation’s most efficient offenses on the volleyball court. As a First-Team Academic All-District honoree, Hollas advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.Coming into the 2017 campaign as the reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Hollas maintained her post as the squad’s primary setter and has since helped the Ladyjacks add another memorable chapter to the program’s storied history. So far in 2017, Hollas has dished out 885 assists – good for a per-set average of 7.76 which is the 10th-highest in the Southland Conference – while directing a Ladyjack attack that operates at a collective .261 hitting percentage. Not only is that hitting percentage the best in the Southland Conference, it’s also the 29th-best among all NCAA Division I volleyball squads.SFA’s top threat from the service line, Hollas has racked up 39 aces from there so far in 2017. That total is good for the fourth-best in the Southland Conference while her 0.34 aces per set average is the sixth-highest in the 13-team league. Also contributing in a big way to the Ladyjacks’ efforts on defense, Hollas leads the team with 12 double-doubles. Her digs per set average of 2.36 make her one of five SFA regulars who are averaging two or more digs per set. Because of that defense, the Ladyjacks have held opponent to a hitting percentage of just .164 throughout 2017 – the second-best figure in the Southland and the 30th-best nationally. With the aid of Hollas’ SFA has rolled up a 26-6 overall record so far in 2017 which included an 11-match winning streak as part of an 11-1 start to the campaign. That run represented the best start to a season in the history of the program and helped propel the squad to a 14-2 record in Southland Conference action. Hollas and the rest of the Ladyjacks are in the midst of preparing for the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. By virtue of claiming the 2017 Southland Conference regular season title – the ninth in the history of the program – SFA earned the top seed for the league’s postseason tournament.The Ladyjacks begin their quest for an automatic NCAA Tournament berth at 11:00 a.m. Friday inside the Dugan WellnessCenter on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi when they take on eighth-seeded Abilene Christian in the first of four quarterfinal matches scheduled that day.Photo courtesy of Hardy Meredithlast_img read more

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GPHC bent on enforcing lax or outdated requirements

first_imgDear Editor,In an article “Government cracks down on illegal medicine” published on March 22, 2019, in the Guyana Chronicle, Director of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department, Marlon Cole said that “it is more than likely that Guyana has a higher rate of substandard and falsified medical products on its market”.The article went on to say “that several distributors of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies have not acquired marketing authorisation as required by law, and as such, are engaging in the sale and distribution of pharmaceuticals that are not approved by the Food and Drug Department”. Mr Cole noted that efforts to aggressively enforce legislation mandating distributors to acquire marketing authorisation and drug registration have commenced since 2014, however, resistance to these efforts have continued.It is interesting to note that The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s Procurement of Pharmaceutical 2019 Evaluation Criteria, at questions 19 and 20, exempt foreign businesses at the time of bidding from providing a valid import licence and valid marketing authorisations, provisions which directly contradict and undermine the efforts of the Government’s Food and Drug Administration. The effects of this are ultimately felt by the consumers since this presents a direct route to unauthorised entry of drugs not subject to quality inspection by the authority.Further, this places local importers and manufacturers at a disadvantage since they are required to invest time and resources into acquiring the import licence as well as preparing and sending off technical and voluminous documentation as well as products for marketing authorisation. In the absence of evidence supplied by distributors that the product is certified to be sold in Europe and North America, and through CARPHA, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Columbia, there are obvious questions about their quality.It is disappointing that throughout the public health arm of the Government that such a wide disconnect exists in an area which is critical to ensuring the public’s safety. While the GA-FDD has undertaken significant investment in equipping themselves to raise the standard of drugs sold on the local market and ensure importers’ compliance with the law, the GPHC seems bent on enforcing lax or outdated requirements which, in effect, achieve the complete opposite and are also in violation of the law, as Mr Cole explained.Sincerely,Vishal Sukhailast_img read more

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