9 November 2012 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the CEOs of leading South African healthcare companies have signed an agreement strengthening public-private sector collaboration in tackling the shortage of doctors and fighting the twin scourge of HIV/Aids and TB in the country. Companies participating in the agreement, known as the South African Joint Public Health Enhancement Fund, have already committed R40-million for the coming year. R20-million of this will go towards helping the country’s medical schools, R10-million will support HIV/Aids programmes, and R10-million will support the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health Care, launched by Motsoaledi this week. The pact will help the government to expand South Africa’s medical student intake, to support postgraduate students pursuing health-related studies, and to build additional capacity in the management of HIV/Aids and TB. It is envisaged that, over the next 10 years, the fund will assist in the production of a substantial number of doctorates in HIV/Aids and TB. According to the agreement, each participating company will make a fixed annual contribution to the fund. All signatory companies have committed to the fund for a period of three years, which will be followed by a review process. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, Motsoaledi said the agreement set a new standard in collaboration between the public and the private sector. “This partnership between government and the private health sector conveys a simple message that together we care about a long and healthy life for all South Africans. It is our hope that the launch of the social compact agreement will motivate many more private health care companies to join the initiative,” Motsoaledi said. The minister said that, while the challenges faced by the public health sector placed a tremendous strain on the country’s resources, healthcare remained one of the government’s key priorities. Participating companies include Abbott, Alcon Labs, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Bausch+Lomb, Clicks Holdings, Clinics Healthcare, Litha Healthcare, Medi-Clinic, Mediscor, Medscheme, Netcare, Novo-Nordisk, Roche, United Pharmaceutical Distributors, and Servier Labs. Source: SANews.gov.za
Leave a Comment Inspired by an AIIM seminar led by AIIM president John Mancini, Lauren McKay, writing for Destination CRM, summarized eight top reasons why ECM is important for businesses today:Huge growth of Information. Mancini cites IDC’s estimate of a 10-fold growth in data from 2006-2011 with 30 percent of that growth driven by data collected for business purposes.Move towards always-on access. Mancini says that information is becoming a commodity.Popularity of Social Media. Social media can be used by companies to establish a collabortive infrastructure.Collaboration needs Governance. Lack of planning can result in unused ‘digital landfills’.Current Information Management Software has too many features. Software needs to simplify. Mancini cites the iPhone as an example of a well-designed interface.Information Management can mean Green. Implemented correctly, IM can save money by replacing current methods based on paperManual Processes are Expensive. Costs for simple tasks like re-filing, photocopying and searching for paper documents add up quickly to big dollars.Legal pressures. Costs involved in searching for information related to litigation and eDsicovery can be extremely expensive if you are not prepared.Information management when done correctly can help you keep less data and find relevant information faster which ultimately translates to helping you save money. Category: Enterprise Content Management November 10th, 2009 ‹ Compliance: Surprise! Regulations may be gutted Enterprise Search: Save Time. Save Money. › Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Website
Five years ago cries of a catastrophe in the data center were rampant as people vocally worried about the data center meltdown due to unbridled energy use, inefficient buildings, and escalating server power use.That, I think, is exactly the kind of challenge serious engineers enjoy! Today the industry has responded with efficiency metrics like Power Usage Effectiveness, improved uses of UPS systems that minimize power loss, Improvements in data center design, higher efficiency power supplies, and energy propoational computing, among other serious improvements. At the outset of the effort, PUE of 1.5 was thought state of the art. Today we see the efficient data center reaching PUE of 1.1 regularly. The energy proportionality of servers has improved dramatically as power management has expanded from the CPU to the entire platform.The problem is, even, with that major progress, the demands have only grown larger.Energy efficient data centers and IT have moved from a good idea to a key area of differentiation for some businesses. What is the state of the art in energy efficiency metrics and technology?Sustainable IT is emerging as a business necessity.. What metrics for carbon and water usage can a data center manager use to measure and drive improvement?California and the UK have adopted strict carbon regulations, such as the CRC. What is the data center industry doing to respond to these challenges?What activity is going on in Europe and Japan in state of the art data center efficiency?How do sustainability criteria affect data center site selection?These kinds of questions will be addressed at the upcoming Green Grid Technical Forum in Santa Clara, CA. The Green Grid Technical Forum will provide new technical content, training, and discussions on industry trends.I plan on attending, so should you.Register to secure your spot at this important industry event on March 1-2, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA. For more info and the full agenda go to the event page for The Green Grid Technical Forum or contact The Green Grid Administration via e-mail.
It is a shameful commentary on the present state of Indian hockey that as important an event as the national championships is being tossed around like a ship in turbulent seas. The reason: the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) is daggers drawn with the Punjab Hockey Association (PHF) in the sort,It is a shameful commentary on the present state of Indian hockey that as important an event as the national championships is being tossed around like a ship in turbulent seas. The reason: the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) is daggers drawn with the Punjab Hockey Association (PHF) in the sort of confrontation that has bedeviled Indian hockey over the last couple of years.Punjab is willing to host the Nationals, estimated to cost around Rs 1.5 lakh, if the IHF pays for either the travel expenses or the board and lodging of the participants. The IHF has refused. Secretary Dayakissen has ordered Punjab to pay Rs 15,000 as guarantee money and clear its dues to the IHF, amounting to Rs 40,000, before it entertains thoughts of staging the Nationals.And, rain or no rain, the IHF wants to hold the Nationals in August and not in October because the IOA has stipulated that the Asian Games probable’s, to be picked after the Nationals, will have to undergo three camps of four weeks each before leaving for Bangkok in December.If Punjab could not advance the dates, then Tamil Nadu was prepared to hold the Nationals, possibly at Madurai. PHF secretary, Prithipal Singh, after a show of resistance agreed to the “terms and conditions” of the IHF, except the dates, stating that the Nationals could not be held at the mercy of the rain gods.Worse still, the Punjab Sports Council does not seem to be on the same wavelength as its hockey association. It refused to part with Rs 15,000 which was to be used by the PHA to pay the guarantee money to the IHF. The Madras-dominated IHF is adamant on the dates and the “terms and conditions”. Meanwhile the fate of the Nationals continues to hang in the balance.Footballer’s rudenessThe Federation Cup football tournament in Coimbatore will be remembered more for what happened off the field than on it. Mohan Bagan, joint winners this year with East Bengal, will be happy that they have bagged the trophy after being runners-up in last year’s inaugural tournament.But they would undoubtedly like to forget they ever made the trip to Coimbatore. Their players and officials along with their counterparts from JCT Mills, Phagwara were charge-sheeted by the local police for breach of peace during their quarter-final encounter. Though the charge was never proceeded with, it was not withdrawn either and hung over the players of the two sides, especially the Bagan men, like the sword of Damocles, demanding their good behaviour.As if that was not enough, Bagan and East Bengal players tarnished their reputations when they refused to stay on the field after their goalless first-encounter in the finals to be introduced to the chief guest of the evening-Tamil Nadu Governor, Prabhudus Patwardhan.Hardly had the final whistle blown than the crowd invaded the field and the players sprinted for their dressing rooms despite pleas of officials and organizers. The Governor left in a huff and the players were hauled over the coals for their bad manners.Would they not have stayed on if it was the distribution of prizes that was to have followed? Apologies to the Governor by both teams may have cooled frayed tempers, but our players would do well to remember that such behaviour in an international arena could bring about suspension or cause the nation to be debarred, not to mention the disgrace of it all.Simpson – ‘disgusted and disappointed’Not even cricketThe Australia-West Indies cricket series ended in unprecedented fashion. Umpire Ralph Gosein refused to return to his post when the game was extended to a sixth day after play on the fifth was abandoned 10 minutes before the close. The crowd, in what is now becoming typically West Indian fashion, had thrown bottles on to the field with the visiting Australians a wicket away from victory.The crowd was incensed when fast bowler Vanburn Holder, the ninth West Indian wicket to fall, was given out caught behind. Holder showed his displeasure. That was the spark. Only 6.2 overs of the final Kingston Test remained. The Aussies felt robbed as they felt they had the match in the bag.Gosein stuck to the rules – which justified his stand – that extra time can be made up for stoppages caused for anything other than normal intervals. But this is on the first four days only – there is no such stipulation for the fifth.So the series ended 3-1 in favour of the West Indians rather than 3-2. The Australians were naturally furious at being denied a morale-boosting victory. Said Australian captain Bob Simpson: “I am disgusted and bitterly disappointed that this should have been allowed to happen. The authority of the West Indies Board has been upstaged. History has been denied the opportunity of knowing what would have happened in a vital Test match.”Ali – credibility gapNot saying it yetMuhammad Ali came close to announcing his “final” retirement from boxing in Los Angeles last week when he said he had signed to promote a Saudi Arabian firm.Ali, 36, said the only thing that stopped him saying he would retire after his rematch with champion Leon Spinks on September 15 was that he had announced his retirement thrice before and might not be believed.Predicting he would beat Spinks, Ali ‘The Lip’ said: “After getting this title back. I really don’t have anything to keep fighting for. But I won’t announce my retirement because it would be hypocritical. I have done it too much.”Ender – taking the plungeSwimming togetherIn East Germany they are the products of the communist state’s strict methodical approach towards sport aimed at proving the system’s superiority over others – at all cost. Between them they have won eight Olympic gold, six silver and two bronze medals. Their courtship has spanned two Olympic Games, Munich and Montreal.She is one of the world’s greatest free style women swimmers, he one of the world’s greatest back-stroke swimmers. Both have quit the sport they dominated – and taken the plunge. Roland Matthes and Kornelia Ender are now man and wife. They were married in Berlin recently.advertisementadvertisement
All 16 NRL Clubs and NRL ambassadors are setting out on an important blitz across Australia and New Zealand, helping to deliver wellbeing messages as part of the NRLâ€™s annual Community Carnival. The visits will occur throughout February and March, with NRL players and ambassadors from each Club delivering a range of important health and wellbeing messages to hundreds of thousands of young fans throughout regional and rural towns. Now in its 16th year, players and ambassadors will meet with local communities and play a role in educating school children on the importance of proper hydration, adequate sleep and developing and supporting a strong sense of belonging. This year, Clubs, players and ambassadors are estimated to travel more than 40,000kms, visit over 1,000 schools and conduct up to 80 Junior League clinics. NRL Chief Operating Officer, Suzanne Young, said the NRL Community Carnival visits were an opportunity for Rugby League to reach out to thousands of supporters and Club fans in regional and remote areas and say thank you ahead of the 2016 Telstra Premiership season. â€œLast year, players and ambassadors reached more than 250,000 school children as part of the carnival and we are expecting this yearâ€™s program to have an even greater reach and impact,â€ Ms Young said. â€œOur communities are the foundations from which Rugby League draws its strength and it is important that we continue to educate not just our elite players, but communities further afield, on the importance of living active, healthy and happy lifestyles.â€ Professor Ron Grunstein from the national Sleep Health Foundation, acknowledged the support and positive initiative of the NRL and Clubs to engage with local communities and impress important health messages. â€œThe program being rolled out across Australia and New Zealand provides key messages, including the importance of sleep for young people,â€ Professor Grunstein said. â€œHealthy sleep helps young people be more attentive and learn and perform better, both as students and in their sporting activities.â€ Players and ambassadors will help present two education resource programs as part of local visits: – NRL Wellbeing: delivered to primary school students, focussing on empowering students to value health and wellbeing in their own lives. – Dream Believe Achieve: delivered to high school students, focussing on the important link between having hope and aspirations for the future and maintaining a positive wellbeing. Both programs are curriculum linked and endorsed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), responsible for the national curriculum, assessment and reporting of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.A full list of NRL Community Camp locations and clubs are listed below: Broncos: Bundaberg, Thursday 4th â€“ Friday 5th February. Local blitz – Sunday 7th February. Bulldogs: Northern NSW – Kingscliff, Cudgen, Fingal Head, Duranbah & Kyogle Postville, Byron Bay – Wednesday 3rd â€“ Friday 5th February. Local blitz – Monday 22nd February. Dragons: Shoalhaven & Nowra – Tuesday 2nd – Wednesday 3rd February. Narooma, Moruya & Batemans Bay – Tuesday 2nd – Wednesday 3rd February. Local blitz: Kogarah – Wednesday 9th December. Manly: Western Region – Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar, Coonamble & Gilgandra – Sunday 7th â€“ Tuesday 9th February. Local blitz – Monday 15th February. Storm: Albury & Wodonga – Thursday 4th – Friday 5th February. Mildura: Thursday 4th – Friday 5th February. Local blitz – Thursday 4th – Friday 5th February Cowboys: Mount Isa – Thursday 18th â€“ Friday 19th February. Mackay – Thursday 18th â€“ Friday 19th February. Cooktown & Mossman – Thursday 18th â€“ Friday 19th February. Sharks: Ipswich – Thursday 4th – Friday 5th February. Local blitz – Monday 22nd February Panthers: Local blitz – Monday 22nd February. Eels: Alice Springs – Thursday 11th February. Local blitz – Tuesday 16th February. NRL Ambassadors: Broken Hill & surrounds – Monday 22nd â€“ Wednesday 24th February. Kingaroy – Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd March. Albury & Wagga Wagga – Thursday 4th – Friday 5th February. North Sydney – Tuesday 16th February.Related LinksNRL Community Carnival Roosters: Central Coast: Umina & Blue Haven – Friday 5th February. Local blitz – Tuesday 2nd February Rabbitohs: Cape York – Sunday 7th – Wednesday 10th February. Local blitz – Tuesday 9th February. Raiders: Canberra to Orange – Cowra, Blayney, Mulyan, Canowindra,Manildra, Molong, Bathurst, Orange – Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th February. Local blitz – Tuesday 23rd February. Knights: Kurri Kurri, Aberdeen & Scone – Wednesday 3rd February. Orange, Wellington, Bathurst & Spring Hill – Thursday 18th February. Local blitz – 15th – 17th February, 25th & 29th February. Titans: Tamworth & Surrounds: Werris Creek, Quirindi & Narrabri – Wednesday 3rd â€“ Friday 5th February. Local blitz – Monday 15th â€“ Friday 19th February. Warriors: Whangarei – Thursday 11th â€“ Saturday 13th February. Nelson – Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th February. Local blitz – Wednesday 24th February. Tigers: Coffs Harbour Area: Nambucca Heads & Woolgoolga – Tuesday 2nd â€“ Thursday 4th February. Local blitz – Leichardt/Balmain – Wednesday 10th February. Local blitz – Campbelltown/Group 6 – Wednesday 17th February.
OTTAWA – The United Steelworkers union is urging Ottawa to immediately impose retaliatory tariffs on steel, aluminum and other imports from the United States instead of waiting until the end of the month, as it has proposed.National director Ken Neumann says delays are a mistake as U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum began June 1 and are already causing economic harm in Canada.He says customers looking to buy products are making decisions now based on the current situation, which may disadvantage Canadian producers.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected other calls to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs, saying he wants to respect the government’s 30-day consultation period on its proposed $16.6-billion tariff package.The Trump administration’s tariffs amount to 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.Neumann said the steel industry should be offered support similar to Quebec’s offer of $100 million in loan guarantees to support the aluminum industry there.“Canada must immediately take steps to protect Canadian steel and aluminum imports from the diversion of cheap imports from the U.S. into Canada,” he said.
Nunavumuit have routinely had their hunting rights compromised by external forces beyond their control, and history could repeat itself.Qaqqaq is concerned about how the economic and environmental outlook for Nunavut will impact the direct health of Inuit.“They are talking about banning ivory, all over the EU (European Union) and I said, that sends our ivory market crashing down. We have plenty of walrus, a walrus is huge and can feed a lot of people but also their tusks are very valuable. If you take that away and the market comes crashing down, what happens then,” she said.In the past, Qaqqaq has attended open houses for current and upcoming mining projects in her home region.She said she speaks any chance she can and wants to use her voice to create change.But the same opinion that is so desperately sought by non-Indigenous Canadians, like in the instance of the professor, is not often welcomed by non-Indigenous Canadians who need Inuit to turn a profit.Qaqqaq ends our interview by sharing one more story, a public meeting for a local mining project in the Kivalliq region and another example of how the gross misuse of power and cultural ignorance affects Inuit youth trying to be listened to, understood and respected.“One of them representing the mines came up to me after and started off with ‘you are very well spoken,’ and ‘you said some really interesting stuff.’ He said ‘we can make x amount of money and put this into the community.’ So I said that doesn’t matter to me.“In 10 years when my kids are around, when you guys are gone and we have sink holes. I asked them how much cultural competence they had,” she said.For Qaqqaq it circles back to context – how can Nunavut reach its health goals if the very histories at the root of the continued trauma go [email protected]@aptncharlotte Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsMumilaaq Qaqqaq says she doesn’t speak for all Inuit, or all northerners for that matter – but it seems she is expected to do so on many occasions by those who don’t live in Nunavut.She recalls an instance where a professor at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont. didn’t properly obtain her consent to share personal information and complex subject matter of Qaqqaq’s.The professor attempted to break the ice on the first day back to school by loftily bragging about student accomplishments from the summer.In a lecture hall thousands of kilometers away from home, Qaqqaq sank into her chair in the class as the attention in the room shifted to her.The professor began to show a video of Qaqqaq as she participated the leadership program “Daughters of the Vote” held in the House of Commons in 2017.In the video Qaqqaq asks that political leaders act on the issue of suicide in Nunavut.Qaqqaq request for the professor to refrain from sharing the video was overlooked and would ultimately contribute to her decision to remove herself from studies at Fleming College.“You can’t show that video and not give any context around it,” Qaqqaq said. “Now I look like the token Indigenous person in class. Once an Indigenous person from the north is identified as the Indigenous person, so many times you get teachers turning around saying ‘what is your take on it?’”(“I want to see youth at the decision making tables who are being listened to,” says Mumilaaq Qaqqaq. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN) This example of cultural insensitivity and gross misuse of power stands in stark contrast to how Qaqqaq wants Nunavummiut to be listened, understood and respected.She tackles mental health by dissecting issues affecting Inuit through the intersectional lens of colonization, gender, and Inuit knowledge.Qaqqaq, 25, is a wellness program specialist with the Quality of Life Secretariat based in Iqaluit.Unlike many her age that APTN News has spoken to, she does not wish to back to her home community.“Personally there’s no way I could live in Baker (Lake) right now. Too much history, too much trauma,” she said.The suicide rate in Nunavut is nearly nine times the national average and everyone here is affected.Qaqqaq has personally lost loved ones to death by suicide and dedicated herself to helping heal Inuit.It’s that youth lived-experience she hopes will inform the all things that govern and affect Nunavummiut.“I want to see youth at the decision making tables who are being listened to and taken seriously. Youth being taught the processes and procedures. Being taught how things can get really complicated and unclear at times, for instance youth organizations –how does that tie into the GN,” Qaqqaq said.Read more: Nunavut at 20Nicole Ymana is 20 years old and involved in coaching youth hockey.She moved to Rankin Inlet with her family from the Philippines when as a young girl.She took to the culture immediately, speaking Inuktituk and traditionally harvesting food from the land.After watching her community in pain from waves of suicide she decided to take action.“Each time there’s a suicide in the community, not just one person or one family is affected – it’s the whole community,” Ymana said. “I decided maybe I could do something about it.“If I could start this group and run activities people would know that we care about them and they’re not alone.(Nicole Ymana, in blue jacket and baseball cap, organizes monthly meet ups where community members are invited to participate in games, a cookout and socialize. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)When a suicide crisis occurs, the government of Nunavut often sends extra mental health workers.While this can help temporarily, Ymana believes the government should shift support to youth who can help avoid a crisis before it even begins.“I started this group called Live for Life. It’s a group that raises awareness and breaks down stigma against mental health.“At first I didn’t know how to start it because suicide is very sensitive in our community, but I started inviting people to join on Facebook and on the radio,” she said.The call was answered with 25 members signing up immediately.Since formation in mid-2018, they have hosted marches, cookouts, games and dances with the hopes of inspiring every community in Nunavut to establish a suicide prevention group.In her current role as a wellness program specialist, Qaqqaq travels to remote communities across Nunavut and assists government and nonprofits with suicide prevention strategies.She advocates for more education on the historical colonization tactics used by the Canadian government which are the underlying contributors of Inuit mental health.“What I don’t think we talk about often enough is that the seal skin white coat ban in 1983 sent the market crashing down. We saw a spike in suicides in 1984 and we have never seen it come down. Quite often it is our Inuit men,” she said.“The role of man, the role of being able to provide for your family, food, clothing, hunting, it totally took a blow to that.”
Manchester United’s Eric Bailly is certain that he is up to the challenge of earning a regular starting spot at the club, despite the depth of competition within the squadThe Ivory Coast international was absent from the team as they fell to a shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on Sunday and conceded the Premier League title to their local rivals Manchester City.Bailly has made just 11 league appearances this season at United with the 24 year-old having to compete against the likes of Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling for a spot at the heart of the defence.While Bailly has gone through some injury spells in the past, the defender is well aware of the difficult decisions that Jose Mourinho has to make each week in regards to player selection. But he is adamant that he is up for the challenge at Old Trafford.“It does [give the manager options],” said Bailly, according to the club website.“It is a good position to be in, to have the defence fully fit and ready. It bodes well for the remaining matches ahead of us. I hope we can remain with a solid defence, as do the others, and we can keep some clean sheets in those games so that we see the season out well.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m fine. I had a few difficult moments with my past injury but I am fully recovered now. I came back fitter and I hope I can take all the playing opportunities that present themselves now.”The former Villarreal defender joined United in the summer of 2016 for a reported £30m deal and made his debut for the club against Bournemouth at their Vitality Stadium in August 2016, where he would later be named the man-of-the-match on his Premier League debut.Ahead of his return to Bournemouth, Bailly has fond memories of his debut back then and is hopeful of repeating a similar performance this time around.“They’re truly great memories for me, I remember it, but we are in a different moment now,” he added.“The team is in good shape and is progressing in the right direction. I hope we can go there to Bournemouth and get the full three points.“Really it is disappointing, to have put in such a great effort to win the match against City, only then to lose against the lowest-placed team. Yes, it’s disappointing for all of us. The thing is to now put that behind us, to forget it, if you like, and focus on the big important match we have ahead of us.”
France captain Hugo Lloris insists his international teammate Paul Pogba is being judged unfairly because of his hefty transfer fee.The World Cup-winning midfielder sees his every move, including his lifestyle off the pitch criticized by pundits and the media alike.Pogba, who resigned for United from Italian side Juventus in August 2016 for a then world record fee of £89million has been criticized this season by a host of people including United boss Jose Mourinho.Spurs shot-stopper Lloris, who won the World Cup with Pogba in the summer, says the midfielder shows his worth with France and “when it matters he is there” for United.“He has a status in the UK, maybe because of his huge transfer fee,” Lloris said on Mirror.co.uk.“Sometimes people judge him not very fairly. Now he has more maturity, he knows what he needs to do, he proves that with us.”Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“I think his performances at United are far from being as bad as people say.“He is part of a team which has worse results than we could have expected, that’s for sure, but they are still a very strong team. When it matters he is there.”Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after falling out with manager Jose Mourinho, and Barcelona rumoured to be interested.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez refused to give any guarantees that he will remain in charge until the end of the season.The Magpies have endured a difficult second campaign back in the Premier League following a lack of new signings over the summer transfer window.Currently, Newcastle find themselves just two points above the relegation zone and suffered early exits in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.Adding to their woes is the failed attempts to recruit new talent in this month’s transfer window after loan deals for Atletico Madrid’s Gelson Martins and Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku fell through.This has left many wondering what will come of Benitez’s own future at St James’ Park with the Spaniard out of contract at the end of the season and having previously expressed his frustrations over the club’s transfer policy.Speaking ahead to tonight’s home game against Premier League champions Manchester City, Benitez admitted he isn’t sure there will any new signings arriving before Thursday’s deadline.“I am not in charge of the deals,” said Benitez, according to Daily Mirror.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The former Liverpool boss could leave Newcastle without having to pay any compensation and hinted last week that this month’s transfer activity could have a key impact on whether or not to sign a renewal.“No, I cannot guarantee anything,” replied Benitez, when asked if he could leave before the end of the season.“I guarantee I will be focussed and try to do my best every minute.”As for leaving on Thursday, he added: “We will wait until Thursday and see what happens.“Hopefully we can get three points against Manchester City and then everybody will be happy.”Newcastle ended a five-match winless run in the Premier League last time out by grabbing a crucial 3-0 win over relegation rivals Cardiff City.Benitez will be hoping that his side can take some badly needed momentum from that victory ahead of tonight’s encounter with City that will begin at 21:00 (CET).