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Bridging the public healthcare gap

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first_imgRay Maota Doctors who need valuable surgicalexperience can get it through AfricaHealth Placement.(Image: AHP)MEDIA CONTACTS• Retha GrobbelaarAHP: Media and Public Relations+ 27 11 328 1316Africa Health Placements (AHP) is a non-profit organisation determined to support and enhance healthcare systems in South Africa by finding, placing and retaining healthcare workers in rural and underserved areas.The organisation came about in 2005 to counter the brain drain that South Africa in particular was experiencing in the public health sector. A large number of medical professionals were pursuing private sector opportunities in some of the world’s more lucrative industries.Over 2 000 healthcare workers have been placed so far in predominantly rural areas, with almost half of these being local professionals.AHP gets funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief; The Atlantic Philanthropies; and leading mining companies Anglo American and De Beers, as well as Discovery Health; West Pharmaceuticals and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.“We work in the public sector and are linked to the national department of health as well as its different provincial departments,” said Retha Grobbelaar, media and public relations officer of AHP.“This is in order to get an idea of where there are shortages of health practitioners and how we can help.”Grobelaar said that they tend to encourage the professionals they meet by reminding them of the reasons they entered into the profession. Their message is one of making a difference: the practitioners get the opportunity to expand on their medical experience and the impact of adjusting to a difference lifestyle means growth for them spiritually and for their careers.“We also try to make their transition smoother by doing administrative work for them like finding them accommodation, schools for those who have children and suitable peers with whom they can relax in their spare time if they need some.”According to AHP, as many as 50% of graduating health professionals in South Africa are likely to emigrate to foreign shores at some point in their career. To add to the woes of the public sector, 75% of those who remain in the country opt for private practice.“Africa’s greatest obstacle in the public (and particularly rural) healthcare environment is the lack of qualified professionals,” said Grobelaar.“Our aim is to fill the gaps, and ultimately to help people view the public health sector in a new light – as a truly viable and exciting career option.”Health practitioners who are recruited and placed within the AHP programme receive the standard government salaries for their work.Recruitment and placingThe programme offers a variety of contracts for professionals, ranging from permanent to part-time and voluntary placements.The processes are governed within the standards set by regulatory bodies such as the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Foreign Workforce Management Programme.According to AHP, citizens from economically developed countries not on the G77 list – a coalition of 132 nations, all UN members, of which 77 are founding members of the group – may be called upon to write a proficiency examination if they would like to work in South Africa, depending on the country in which the qualification was issued.On the other hand, AHP has a policy of not recruiting candidates from G77 countries if those countries have a similarly desperate need for qualified professionals. The exception here is for those who would operate under a refugee status. The policy is in line with standards of the HPCSA.For local doctors applying for placement, permanent positions are available at levels one to three in public hospitals as well as in the NGO sector. Volunteer and temporary placements are also available.Requirements for foreign health practitioners applying can be found here.The great stories from doctors already placedDr Andrei Kirpichnikov from the Ukraine came to South Africa in 2007 seeking to further his surgical experience.After spending a year at the Tugela Ferry Hospital in rural KwaZulu-Natal, about three hours from Durban, he found another post at the East London Hospital Complex in the Eastern Cape.“I am definitely a better doctor now. I came to be trained and to do surgical procedures and I ended up staying,” said Kirpichnikov.Asked to give advice for doctors seeking experience in their field, Kirpichnikov described the experience as a unique opportunity.“There are wonderful hospitals, and if you are looking for experience, or if you want to be supervised, you will find it here. If you want to work independently in a rural setting, you will also find that.”Doctors Jenness Cameron from the UK and Anne Brouha from the US came to South Africa in August 2011. They hope to leave a successful ARV programme behind in the rural clinics surrounding the Rietvlei Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal when they leave South Africa at the end of June 2012.The two have been establishing ARV services in Rietvlei by training two nurses at each of its 13 clinics on how to administer ARV treatment.Cameron said: “HIV rates in rural KZN are very high. We’ve put hundreds on treatment and there are always more who desperately need it.”She also found the experience rewarding, especially the opportunity to train the local nurses.“You feel like you are leaving something behind that will carry on. You are not just seeing patients. It’s been an amazing experience and I love working with the people,” said Cameron.last_img read more

Square Kilometre Array book published

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first_imgThe Square Kilometre Array (SKA) global radio telescope project – which includes a first phase site in South Africa – published a book this month on the project’s progress. It features photos and analysis from some of the best science, astronomy and engineering minds in the world. The first phase of the SKA radio telescope project, called MeerKAT, is being installed in the Karoo desert. It will eventually form part of the first phase of the SKA programme. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is scheduled to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT)• SKA: answering the big questions about the universe • SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields• SKA will drive growth of Africa’s human capital• Africa to co-host Square Kilometre Array A new, updated two-volume book on the history and the science of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) international radio telescope project was published in September 2015. South Africa is very much at the forefront of the SKA project; the MeerKAT telescope system, currently being constructed and tested in the Karoo desert, forms part of the first phase of the global SKA venture.The chapters in this new book reflect both the science undertaken with the SKA, including ground-breaking research in cosmology and the study of dark matter and dark energy, as well as the global efforts by engineers and the science community to co-ordinate and construct such a massive international project.Once completed, hopefully by 2024, SKA will interconnect a series of radio telescope systems in 10 countries in order to search space for a better understanding about the universe and solve some of the secrets of fundamental physics.  What is SKA? SKA is one of the largest global science projects ever undertaken, featuring a multinational representation of scientists, engineers and astronomers. The positioning of the African continent and the accommodating climate make South Africa a vital component of the project’s success. (Image: SKA/MeerKAT)The Square Kilometre Array project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, led by SKA Organisation. The SKA will conduct transformational science to improve understanding of the universe and the laws of fundamental physics, monitoring the sky in unprecedented detail and mapping it hundreds of times faster than any current facility.The SKA is not a single telescope; rather, it is a collection of telescopes or instruments, called an array, to be spread over long distances. The SKA is to be constructed in two phases: Phase 1 (called SKA1) in South Africa and Australia; Phase 2 (called SKA2) expanding into other African countries, with the component in Australia also being expanded.With support from Australia, Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK, the SKA project has on board some of the world’s best scientists, engineers and policy makers. And over 100 companies and research institutions across 20 countries are involved in the design and development of the telescope.SKA: the book With 135 chapters, 1 200 contributors and 2 000 pages on the science behind the SKA project, its official companion book is titled Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array. It is available to download free from the SKA website. (Image: SKA/MeerKAT) The book, titled Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array, consists of 2 000 pages in more than a hundred chapters, with contributions from more than 1 000 experts, scientists and members of the SKA organisation on astrophysics, cosmology and the search for answers in the universe, all within the context of radio telescope technology. Accompanied by a variety of photos and infographics covering the science and construction of the SKA system, the book is the authoritative guide on how this global initiative will work. It tracks the progress made on the project since 2004, highlighting the work being done in Australia, South Africa and other African countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.“The publication of the new SKA science book is the culmination of more than a year’s work by the SKA science team and the scientific community at large,” says Dr Robert Braun, the SKA science director in a release publicising the book. “It’s also a great testimony to the growing interest and scope of the SKA.”According to the publishers, the book deals with SKA’s search for life in the universe through the study of molecules in forming planetary systems and the search for potential radio signals from intelligent civilisations. The search for answers from “the cosmic dawn” – the first billion years of the universe’s existence – will not only inform the past, but also give the world a look at what might happen to the cosmos in the future.SKA and the NDP Construction of the South African SKA radio telescope project infrastructure, called MeerKAT, in the Karoo desert in March 2014. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT) The SKA project in South Africa fulfils the requisites for some vital pillars of the National Development Plan Vision 2030, including skills development through increased job opportunities and training during the construction of the MeerKAT facility, using local labour and top South Africa engineering and science talent.The project also addresses other NDP pillars such as creating efficient, world-class infrastructure networks and developing rural communities.  Construction of the South African SKA radio telescope project infrastructure, called MeerKAT, in the Karoo desert during March 2014. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT) A MeerKAT in the Karoo The first phase of the SKA radio telescope project, called MeerKAT, is currently being installed in the Karoo desert and will eventually form part of the first phase of the SKA programme. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024.  Infographic: SKA MeerKAT Further reading: Everything you need to know about the SKA project, including MeerKAT and the new booklast_img read more

In Tucson, Solar Power on a Grand Scale

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first_imgBy the time all 45,000 solar panels are in the ground and another 36,000 are mounted on the roofs of the 900 or so houses in Soaring Heights Communities, the project’s total annual PV output will top 10 million kWh – enough to cover 75% of Soaring Heights’ electricity needs.That’s a lot of juice. The partners in this development – housing developer Actus Lend Lease, solar provider SolarCity, Tucson Electric Power, and financing parties National Bank of Arizona and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation – say the project will be the largest of its kind in the continental U.S., and with adjustments over time, could become a net-zero-energy operation.Once build-out is complete, Soaring Heights – which is part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base – also will represent a 15% increase over Arizona’s current grid-tied solar capacity.Although the community includes existing homes, most will be new structures built to energy efficiency standards of Tucson Electric Power’s Guarantee Home Program, which provides rate guarantees for heating and cooling in homes that meet the standards.And because the ground and rooftop solar power systems will help Tucson Electric Power reach renewable-energy goals set by state regulators, the company also will provide incentives through its customer-funded SunShare program to reduce the long-term cost of Soaring Heights’ PV installation, whose systems will be designed and installed by SolarCity and interconnected by TEP.SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive called Soaring Heights “our largest installation to date. We expect this project to be a springboard for additional clean power development in Arizona, one of the best locations for solar in the world.”last_img read more

Why Topic Pages Haven’t Worked For News Websites Yet

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first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Yesterday we outlined why topic pages are becoming increasingly popular on the Web, as a way to organize social or news content. As daily consumers of such content, we’re used to the chronological (and often real-time) ordering of updates from Facebook, Twitter, blogs and more. But the latest wave of Web publishing services, like Pinterest and Medium, are exploring ways to present content topically or thematically. This isn’t a new concept; in fact news organizations have experimented with topic pages too. However, the results from news sites so far have been mixed.The New York Times has a topic pages hub called Times Topics. Each topic page in the hub “collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files” dating back to 1981 on a particular topic, into a single page. Not only do readers of a topic page have access to all present and past news about a topic, they can subscribe to future news about it via RSS.Topics range from subjects (like “Net Neutrality”), to people (the current lead topic page is about foot-in-mouth congressman Todd Akin), to places (such as Iraq). Tags:#New Media#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img richard macmanus Looking at the Todd Akin page shows us some of the benefits of topic pages:1. Context: The main article not only explains why Akin is in the news currently (a stunningly stupid comment about rape), but outlines his personal history as a congressman and the things he has done and advocated for.2. History: Each page has a list of links to previous NYT stories about the topic; in this case any past story that mentioned Todd Akin.3. Curated: The New York Times has a reputation for quality journalism, so many readers will trust the Times to curate an ongoing topic page on Todd Akin. Even if, as appears to be the case for NYT, the topic pages are largely automated.4. Multimedia: This isn’t evident on Akin’s page, but some topic pages – such as the one for President Barack Obama – have video, interactive charts and other multimedia content. This is great content that may not be appropriate for news articles, but finds a suitable home on a topic page.So Why Aren’t Topic Pages Getting Traction For News Sites?Times Topic is an admirable effort from The New York Times. The problem for them – and any other news organization – is that topic pages aren’t showing up in search engines. A search for “Todd Akin” in Google does not surface the NYT topic page about him. A NYT news article was the fourth link on page one, but we scrolled through the next nine pages of Google search results and didn’t see the NYT topic page. Even the colorful NYT topic page for President Obama is nowhere to be seen in Google – and heck, the President’s MySpace page is in the first few pages of results!Why isn’t Google picking up NYT’s topic pages? Most probably because blogs and other news sites simply don’t link to them. You can’t blame them, because NYT itself don’t appear to link to its topic pages: the top NYT news article about Akin fails to include a link to the relevant topic page.Another clue that topic pages for news organizations aren’t quite ready for prime time is that the BBC has ceased doing them. Four years ago, the BBC announced a Topic Pages Beta. The idea was the same as NYT, to aggregate content about a single topic onto one page. But sadly, this was one Web 2.0 beta that didn’t make it to a full launch. Not getting high placement in search results is probably one reason why topic pages haven’t quite worked for NYT and BBC. But it’s also due to the real-time reading habits of people in this era of the Web. In an age dominated by chronological flows of information – such as from Facebook, Twitter and blogs – topical organization of news and social content has taken a back seat to the real-time firehose.That’s where the latest publishing platforms, like Medium and Pinterest, could make an impact. What both Pinterest and Medium are are trying to do is layer topic pages on top of user-generated, social content. We don’t know yet whether this will work, but if it does then consumers may start to get used to topic pages. That in turn will prompt NYT, BBC, news blogs and other professional media to take another look at topic pages. We’ll also begin to see Facebook, Twitter and other social networks experiment with topical organization of content too. Watch this space! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cramming Gilas out to ‘shock the world,’ says Reyes

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first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games The 2017 Fiba Asia Cup is slated on August 8 to 20 in Lebanon, with the Philippines gunning to finally nab the gold after bagging the silver medals in the past two offings of the tourney. IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Reyes is well aware of the deficiencies the national team is facing, from the absence of naturalized big man Andray Blatche, the team’s limited preparation time for the international tourneys, to the fluctuating attendance for his sessions.READ: Blatche says there are numerous reasons why he can’t join GilasBut despite all of those, Reyes is keeping his positivity on a high as he hopes that this chip on the team’s shoulder could motivate the squad to aspire for greatness and overachieve against fellow Asian contenders.“There’s a lot of people who are saying that we won’t go very far, especially with Andray Blatche not here. Everyone knows that Andray won’t be here. Everyone knows that we are not getting enough practices. All the other teams like China and Australia are playing tuneup games against each other. Qatar and Iraq are getting a lot of practice and tuneup games. We are not getting even enough practice and we have already accepted the fact that we will not get enough practices but that has always been the case,” he said.“So, we have to have the mentality of being brash and aggressive and the belief that we will shock the world. We are not going to enter the tournament as favorites, but we want to be able to shock them.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFinally getting a complete team on Monday, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes could only express glee seeing his 12-man roster for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup all on the court at the same time.“Of course, I’m very happy. It’s not just Calvin (Abueva), but everyone came here for the first time and it’s the first time we got all 12 guys for the Fiba Asia team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Three NBA teams to host clubs from Australia’s NBL in preseason  Conspicuously absent for the first four sessions, the energetic Abueva, who was reportedly dealing with some “personal issues,” finally showed up on Monday evening at Meralco Gym.BACKSTORY: Reyes issues ultimatum on absent AbuevaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStill, the team’s completion is just half of the battle as Reyes seeks to form a cohesive unit before Gilas flies for Beirut, Lebanon on August 6.“I really like what I’m seeing, but the problem is we don’t have that much time. We’re like cramming for the exams. We are trying to put everything in just one or two days and we all know on Wednesday and on Friday, there will be PBA games. So we are just taking advantage of what we have,” he said. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

Broken Quebec dike forces hundreds of evacuations northwest of Montreal

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first_imgThe best news comes from southern New Brunswick where the forecast calls for flood waters to slowly recede in most areas over the next five days.The Canadian Press, with files from CityNews Montreal Legault noted that swollen rivers south of Quebec City are finally receding, however, he said water levels in the corridor along the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers between Montreal and the boundary with Ontario weren’t expected to peak before Monday or Tuesday.In the Ottawa area, where hundreds of troops have been deployed to help hold back the still rising floodwaters, officials put out a call yesterday for more volunteers to pack and stack sandbags.Residents fill sandbags to protect #Britannia from potential flooding as the #Ottawa River continues to rise. @1310NEWS @OttawaMatters pic.twitter.com/DdEtWsHSwh— Jason White (check!) (@1310JasonWhite) April 28, 2019Meanwhile, in central Ontario’s cottage country officials said water levels were up slightly due to rain on Friday, but they were hopeful some late season snow would act like a sponge and help slow the flow of water into lakes, rivers, and streams.WATCH: Trudeau lends hand to those fighting flood waters in Ottawa The scene here in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac where the @sureteduquebec set up a command post and people are seen leaving with their luggage in hand. @BTCityNewsMTL pic.twitter.com/hIR0xjfaxx— Alyssia (@rubertuccinews) April 28, 2019There’s an emergency meeting being held at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School. This is the first time a Montreal city council meeting has been held outside of city hall since 1926. They’ll be discussing the city’s current state of emergency.Quebec officials said yesterday that 3,085 homes remained flooded, 2,783 others were surrounded by water, 2,003 people had been forced from their homes and about 50 landslides had been reported across the province.WATCH: Flood zones worsen in Quebec Josée Vaillancourt had 10 minutes to grab her twin daughters and flee her house on Domaine 27e Avenue in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac. She’s of the approximate 6,000 residents here who had to leave when the Lake of Two Mountains dike was breached yesterday evening. @BTCityNewsMTL pic.twitter.com/7aaTqxcWUN— Alyssia (@rubertuccinews) April 28, 2019 MONTREAL — Quebec’s premier is telling residents in waterlogged areas of the province that they face a few more “difficult” days ahead and to “have courage” until the flood threat eases.Francois Legault made the comment yesterday afternoon, just hours before a dike broke in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents living along the shore of Lake of Two Mountains, northwest of Montreal.What 26e Avenue looks like here in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac. Devastation for many. @BTCityNewsMTL pic.twitter.com/5Yb4VJSkrR— Alyssia (@rubertuccinews) April 28, 2019last_img read more

Interior Design Superstars To Host Citywide Event Benefiting PAWSLA

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first_imgWorld-renowned Interior Designers based in Southern California will present the first-ever “Design the Night” on September 26, 2015.On this special evening, seven design superstars will create and host uniquely themed experiences presented in their private home, personal design studio or other exclusive venue located in Los Angeles. Each designer will provide unparalleled access into their private world and a behind-the- scenes look into their creative process. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the forerunners of LA’s design community and get a “peek behind the curtain” to see what truly moves each designer’s own philosophy and personality.The evening’s celebration will take place in seven independent venues across Los Angeles – including the private home of actor and producer Sean Hayes – and will feature a special interactive presentation hosted by Honorary Event Chair Mark Cutler. All proceeds from “Design the Night” will benefit PAWS/LA and its Abigail Fund. For ticket information visit: www.pawsla.org/designthenight.“Like PAWS/LA, the Interior Design community is dedicated to creating homes that foster happiness and transform lives,” said Designer Mark Cutler, who will serve as Honorary Chair for the evening. “As designers, there are few opportunities to help change the world—the idea of “Design the Night” is to do just that. On this special night, some of Los Angeles’ best designers will create spectacular environments that are leveraged into a fundraising event that can forever change the lives of critically ill people and their pets.”Founded in 1989, PAWS/LA is a Los Angeles-based non-profit agency dedicated to preserving the healing benefits of animal companionship for low-income elderly and those debilitated by life-threatening illness. To that end, the agency provides a comprehensive range of services, including veterinary care, pet food & supplies and assistance for homebound clients, such as dog walking, pet food delivery and pet transport.The Abigail Fund is a special endowment that provides additional vital support to those pets with extraordinary need, such as emergency surgery, ongoing chronic disease and specialized care of life-threatening conditions. By giving to the Abigail Fund at PAWS/LA, you help keep people and pets together— no matter the cost.“It is an honor to be the beneficiary of the first-ever ‘Design the Night,’” says Pamela Magette, Executive Director of PAWS/LA. “What a privilege it is to be working with these amazing luminaries of the design community. We are delighted to be joining forces in hope of creating an unforgettable night filled with entertainment and generosity.”“I have a passion for all animals and believe they need us as advocates,” said Designer and Host David Dalton. “I will be hosting one of the evening’s dinners in my home to share my love for entertaining, and my passion for animals on the same stage.”“I am honored to be hosting a dinner for ‘Design the Night,’” said Designer and Host Annette English. “PAWS/LA is a wonderful organization that does such great things for the community. I am happy to host an intimate gathering at one of my favorite animal friendly restaurants, Crossroads Kitchen. It will be a lovely evening, supporting a great organization.”“Although I don’t have a pet myself, it is such a great cause for those who do, and who wouldn’t love the opportunity to enjoy some Mexican treats in Gibson’s atelier,” said Designer Gary Gibson.last_img read more

Five More RomanceSeeking Bachelors Announced as Anticipation Builds for The Bachelorette Canada

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With the premiere of The Bachelorette Canada less than a month away, W Network has revealed five more eligible Bachelors from across the country vying for Jasmine Lorimer ‘s affection. The men revealed today include an aviation engineer from Ottawa , a welder from Halifax , a multimedia content producer from Hamilton , a firefighter/paramedic from Winnipeg and a management consultant from Toronto . The final five Bachelors will be revealed on August 29 before the highly-anticipated premiere of The Bachelorette Canada on September 13 at 9 p.m. ET /PT on W Network.The Bachelors revealed today are:Mikhel, 28 Ottawa, Ont.Aviation EngineerAs an aviation engineer, 28-year-old Mikhel has his dream job and the freedom to indulge his passion for motorcycles in his spare time. The only thing missing from his life is someone to share it with. Sensitive and thoughtful, Mikhel is not afraid to show his emotions and might even shed a tear during sad movies. A self-described “hopeless romantic,” Mikhel tends to fall hard and fast. Despite having his heart broken in the past, he is ready to put it on the line for the Bachelorette. Advertisement Ross, 31 Halifax , N.S.WelderEnergetic and adventurous, Ross describes himself as the “real deal.” Based in Halifax , N.S., the 31-year-old welder hopes his authenticity will set him apart from the other Bachelors. Fun-loving Ross prides himself on knowing how to balance good times with hard work. His ideal mate is someone who is loyal, ambitious and creative.Kyle, 36 Hamilton, Ont.Multimedia Content ProducerStanding tall at a jaw-dropping 6’8″, Kyle is an imposing figure but this self-employed multimedia producer is a softy at heart, especially when it comes to cats. Always ready with a joke, he prides himself on his ability to diffuse tense situations with humour. At 36-years-old, Kyle is older than the average Bachelor, a fact he hopes will work in his favour. Self-assured and completely secure with who he is and what he wants out of life, Kyle is ready to show the Bachelorette what a real man looks like.Mike, 29 Winnipeg, Man .Firefighter/ParamedicMike is a dedicated firefighter/paramedic, charity organizer and heavy metal musician. His greatest reward in life is connecting with the individuals whose lives he has saved. At 29-years-old, Mike is looking for a partner who will be his best friend forever and commit to building a happy and successful future together. He always puts 100 per cent into everything he does, and Mike wants the Bachelorette to know this experience will be no exception. Once he decides to pursue something, he is unstoppable.Andrew, 29 Toronto, Ont.Management ConsultantAndrew is a successful entrepreneur who turned his first profit in the second grade selling toys on the playground at 100 per cent markup. He attributes his “hustle” to his parents, who taught him he could have whatever he wanted as long as he earned it. Andrew is looking for someone who is gorgeous, sweet, honest and genuine to share his life with. He hopes this life includes three golden retrievers, lots of children and a white picket fence. Andrew’s ready to bring the right girl home to meet his tight-knit family, including his identical twin brother.Canadians can learn more about each of the 15 Bachelors now announced on WNetwork.com with facts about each man and exclusive bio videos. W Network continues to invite SuperFans to visit wnetwork.com/superfan for a chance to appear on the live Bachelorette Canada Aftershow hosted by Jennifer Valentyne that will follow every episode of The Bachelorette Canada. SuperFans must submit a short, online questionnaire and upload a photo of their best ‘Rose Ceremony Reaction.’ Nine lucky SuperFans will receive round-trip airfare and accommodation in Vancouver and will appear in an episode of the Aftershow.The Bachelorette Canada is produced by Good Human Productions Inc. The series is based on the U.S. format created by Mike Fleiss and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Sales of the format are handled by Warner Bros. International Television Production. Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook W Network is a Corus Entertainment NetworkAbout Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR-B.TO) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Good Human Productions Inc.Good Human is a Vancouver -based production company that delivers hit content for their broadcast and production partners. The company is built on strong relationships with talented artists, thinkers and top production personnel.  Good Humans have developed and supervised the production of 1000+ hours of quality prime-time original programming including The Bachelor Canada, The Bachelorette Canada and Cheer Squad for ABC Spark & Freeform.  For more information, please visit www.goodhumanproductions.com and @Goodhumanprods and facebook.com/goodhumanproductions.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRSubscribe to the W Network YouTube channel: YouTube.com/user/OfficialWNetworkFollow W Network on Twitter @W_Network, Facebook facebook.com/wnetwork and Instagram @w_networkFollow W Dish Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube     SOURCE Corus Entertainment Inc. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more