Coordinating against malaria

first_imgIn December 1974, the last cases of smallpox in its deadliest form were confined to a Bangladesh slum. Public health workers were preparing the scourge’s coup de grâce, but were horrified when government bulldozers arrived, scattering 50,000 people across the countryside.The ill-timed demolition of the slum spread the disease throughout the country, sparking outbreaks in several locations and extending the suffering and death from smallpox for another 10 months. The chapter illustrates the difficulty of ridding the world of a human disease, even one down to its last few cases, and how important it is that eradication efforts include whole societies.A group of scientists, government officials, nonprofit leaders, malaria-control program directors, and others gathered at Harvard Business School last week sought to draw lessons from past eradication efforts as they embarked on a weeklong leadership program focused on eradicating another age-old scourge: malaria.Though the program’s 56 participants have been involved in different aspects of the fight against malaria for years, Dyann Wirth, the Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Disease, chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative, said that shifting officials’ focus from control and treatment of the disease to eradication requires shifting strategies as well.“We want to give them the overview of the problem of malaria, all the way from the genes to the globe,” Wirth said. “Many of them work [on malaria]… and although most in the room probably have had this material at one point, they haven’t thought about it in this lens of elimination/eradication, which is quite different from treating symptomatic cases or preventing symptomatic cases.”Smallpox stands as the only human disease successfully stamped out, so the intensive leadership program kicked off with a talk by Myron Levine, a University of Maryland professor who was a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant in Bangladesh during the final days battling smallpox’s most virulent strain, variola major. It would take another two years to eradicate a less deadly strain, variola minor, though there were laboratory-related cases in 1978.Global anti-malaria efforts have made significant progress, Wirth said, with cases down 30 percent and deaths down 50 percent over the last 15 years. Even with that decline, however, malaria is far from on the ropes. In 2013 alone, there were an estimated 198,000,000 cases and 584,000 deaths, according to the WHO.The leadership development program, called “Science of Eradication: Malaria 2015,” provided a broad overview, including the disease’s basic biology, challenges facing vaccine development, social determinants of transmission, economic advantages to eradication, the importance of communication, and ways to integrate eradication into existing control efforts.,The program is a partnership of organizations including Harvard, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, with funding from several other organizations.Malaria may not become the second human disease to be wiped out. That’s because efforts targeting two other ailments, polio and guinea worm disease (which is caused by a tropical parasite), are on the verge of success, with the number of cases reduced to just a handful.Elizabeth Juma, a research scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, said malaria remains a major health problem there and is the biggest cause of death for children under 5. It’s widespread in the nation’s agricultural areas, making it an issue in agricultural production. Juma said she decided to attend the session to understand how the goal of elimination in Kenya would affect ongoing control efforts.“The global goals have changed,” Juma said. “We now have to think of malaria elimination. [I decided to attend] to just find out … what should we do about a country such as ours, where this has been attempted in the past, and how best can we think about the endgame, which is elimination.”Ndukwe Ukoha, a malaria specialist for the Health and Strategy Delivery Foundation, a Nigerian nonprofit that provides technical assistance to the government on health issues, said malaria is also a major public health concern in Nigeria. As Africa’s most populous country, with 184 million people, efforts to reduce malaria there will have an impact on the global disease burden, Ukoha said.“We are presently controlling malaria in Nigeria, [but] we also need to look at new ways of doing things, new ways of developing more effective tools, because … presently there are issues around resistance and also health system issues,” Ukoha said. “So this kind of forum provides an avenue to talk about these, and even learn from countries where they have successfully achieved high success.”last_img read more

Tasting Tomatoes.

first_imgWalter Reeves Can a green or purple tomato taste as good as a red one? On the next “Gardening inGeorgia” Aug. 3, host Walter Reeves and Wayne McLaurin, plus a panel of food experts,gather to compare the taste of heirloom tomatoes.Reeves will also look at planting in wet areas. Hank Bruno, trails manager at CallawayGardens, shows some of his favorite ornamental plants that grow in wet places.Thursday on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Thursday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. on GeorgiaPublic Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img

Vermont Chamber Hires Recent Champlain College Graduate as Grassroots Advocate

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce welcomes Michael Belyea as its Grassroots Advocate and Communications Specialist. The purpose of this newly created position is to enhance the Vermont Chambers member and legislative outreach efforts.Michael graduated from Champlain College in December of 2005. Ranked at the very top of his class with a double major in business, international business, and leadership, Michael brings experience and coursework in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, economics, and the global economy.Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh stated, We are delighted to bring Michael on board. His efforts to build bridges between Vermont Chamber member businesses and legislators will reinforce the notion that Vermont employers with pressing issues and priorities stand behind our professional business advocacy team. This, in turn, strengthens our ability to work on behalf of Vermont businesses to create and retain jobs in Vermont by making our state a great place to live, work, and own a business.While in college Mike volunteered for political campaigns, started his own student blog, and began an online business. He completed a number of international business and market research projects and internships.Originally from Rockland, Maine, Michael is a resident of Burlington.A high-resolution photo is available upon request.last_img read more

Arch for new Champlain Bridge lifted into place

first_img‘The arch lift will provide clear and tangible evidence that we’re moving very close to reopening the Lake Champlain Bridge to the public,’ said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. ‘This is an exciting and historic moment for the people in the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods. I would like to extend my appreciation to them for their patience as we move forward toward the final phase of the project.’  NYSDOT began the transport process at sunrise on Friday with lift work extending into the late afternoon or early evening. The arch was floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry to the bridge site over a two- to four-hour period.  The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours. The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured.  Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period.   VTrans reminds the public that opportunities to view the arch lift from the Vermont side of the lake are limited. Due to safety concerns, viewers will not be allowed close to the construction site, by land or water. Viewers are welcome to watch the lift at locations along Route 125 on the Vermont side or from the New York side at The Crown Point State Historic Site or DEC campground. Viewers are also reminded that The Chimney Point State Historic Site is currently closed and is not available as a viewing site.  High traffic volumes are anticipated for the ferry and viewers will not be allowed to access the ferry landing area unless traveling on the ferry.The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times during the work.  However, higher than normal traffic levels near the bridge site may cause some highway traffic congestion. For those interested in viewing the process, on the New York side, the Department of Environmental Conservation campground, Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center will be open to the public. Free parking is available at the historic site. The DEC campground will charge an entrance fee. However, parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep New York Route 185, Vermont routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times. The lift can also be viewed by visiting NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page at:https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam(link is external). The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site. Workers today began the process of transport and lifting into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. A webcam showing the event (click HERE or see link below) offers still photos of the event. As of 2 pm Friday, August 26, the center arch was being positioned between the existing spans for installation. The first photo is of the final placement. The other photos show the progress of lifting the span into placeAugust 29 10 am 5 pm3:45 pm 2:45 pm Picture taken at 2:15 pm Friday August 26, 2011.last_img read more

It was only a matter of time: Airbnb became the official sponsor of the Olympic Games

first_imgSo this is where Airbnb plays a key role, which will help host cities because cities no longer have to promise to build new hotels or accommodation, but can (instead) refer to the number of hosts Airbnb offers. Smart, isn’t it? In addition, the local economy and the host effect will certainly be triggered. The agreement includes cooperation in offering accommodation through the Airbnb platform, which will reduce costs for organizers and stakeholders of the Olympic Games, minimize the need to build new accommodation infrastructure for the Olympic Games and generate direct revenue for local hosts and communities. Also, Airbnb will promote accommodations that support access for people with disabilities. Zanimljivo, Katar koji će biti domaćin svjetskog nogometnog prvenstva 2022. razmišljao je o tom problemu, te planski gradi stadione, a čak jedan dio stadiona će se cijeli razmontirati i iskoristiti za neku drugu primjernu. Također, u Katru su se sjetili i zanimljivog rješenja kako smjestiti milijune navijača koji će doći na EURO 2022. Neće graditi hotele koji će kasnije biti prazni, nego su se sjetili genijalnog rješenja – izgraditi će kruzer s 20 tisuća mjesta ili 40 tisuća navijača. Tako se Airbnb pridružio “visokom društvu” i našao se među glavnim sponzorima, uključujući Coca-Colu, Panasonic, Samsung, Alibabu, Visa, Toyota… a samim time naglašava imperativ pozicioniranja kompanije kako bi postao jedan od glavnih igrača u iznajmljivanju soba. The partnership will generate hundreds of thousands of new hosts over nine years, giving community residents the opportunity to earn extra income by providing accommodation and local experiences to visiting fans, athletes and other members of the Olympic movement. For visitors, the Airbnb community will offer a more local and authentic way to immerse themselves in the host cities and socialize with local communities. For the cities themselves, the Airbnb community is a more environmentally sustainable way to accept the increase in visitor numbers. The nine-year partnership in five games is designed to create a new standard for the household that will be a win for the host cities, and a win for spectators and fans and a win for the athletes. The aforementioned collaboration covers the next five Olympics starting with Tokyo next year, including the next Winter and Summer Games in Beijing, Paris, Milan and Los Angeles. By the way, five cities are among the largest markets of Airbnb for renting private accommodation in the world. But let’s get back to the topic. Namely, there is one catch in the whole story. The IOC requires that candidate cities, ie hosts, guarantee a minimum of 40.000 rooms, in order to accommodate all athletes and support staff, and with additional investment in the entire infrastructure, from the construction of new stadiums and new transport infrastructure, household profitability has been called into question in recent years. Especially if the new infrastructure after the Olympics becomes a dead city and is left to decay. As was the last case in Brazil, which in the end when the line was drawn ended in the red, and the vast infrastructure stands and collapses. Kvaka 40.000center_img EURO 2020: MORE THAN HALF OF FANS PLAN TO TRAVEL TO WATCH THE TEAMS OF THEIR TEAM Creating new Airbnb hosts Interestingly, on the other hand, Booking com has become an official partner of the European Football Championship UEFA EURO 2020 ™ in the segment of accommodation and attractions. In any case, a smart move by Airbnb as well as a great collaboration that solves more problems or a win-win for everyone. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Airbnb have signed a $ 500 million deal to make Airbnb the official sponsor of the 2028 Olympics. RELATED NEWS: Let the games for each guest and global dominance begin. last_img read more

Housing group finds home in private sector

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The man who said no to buying the Millennium Dome

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Trump mocks ‘communist’ Bernie and ‘Sleepy Joe’ before Iowa

first_imgDonald Trump is known for mocking his political rivals, and the eve of the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucuses gave him fresh ammunition.”I have little nicknames for all of them,” the US president told pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity, the night before Democrats vote for their nominee in the Midwestern state, to officially start the presidential election season.Senator Bernie Sanders holds a narrow lead among the Democratic contenders. She is “not true to it,” Trump said, before returning to “crazy Bernie” — a moniker Trump has regularly used for Sanders.The Democrats are “now sort of rigging the election against him,” the president said.Joe Biden, over whom Sanders holds a narrow lead, makes Trump “think of sleepy.””I just watch him. He’s sleepy. Sleepy Joe,” said Trump, repeating a sobriquet he has previously used for Barack Obama’s former vice president.As for former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, he is “very little.””You know, now he wants a box for the debates to stand on,” Trump said of his fellow New York billionaire.”There’s nothing wrong. You can be short… He wants a box for the debates. Why should he be entitled to that?”Bloomberg’s team fired back at Trump’s comments.”The president is lying,” said campaign spokeswoman Julie Wood in a statement. “He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan.”Topics : “I think he’s a communist,” said Trump, for whom name calling and character smearing are an integral part of his campaign for re-election in November this year.Trump added: “I think of Bernie sort of as a socialist but far beyond a socialist.”Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.”At least he’s true to what he believes,” Trump said, in contrast to Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sanders’ fellow progressive in the race.last_img read more

Outbound flights now allowed but…

first_imgIt also had a special reminder to domestic passengers: “Please check with the local government offices of both your origin point and your final destination on travel requirements, such as mandated documents or health certifications. These requirements differ from province to province, and are revised and updated constantly in line with the anti-COVID-19 arrangements of each locality.” The governor clarified he would be allowing more outbound flights should other airlines offer them but only for locally stranded individuals, overseas workers and those who work in Metro Manila. Inbound and outbound regular commercial flights for leisure purposes are not yet allowed, said Defensor. * Manila – Caticlan (Boracay) – Manila (PR 2041/ 2042 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday effective June 22) It, however, had this notice: “Please note that we may have to cancel flights, add frequencies or adjust our planned schedules, based on evolving entry restrictions and requirements set by concerned local government units (LGUs). PAL coordinates closely with all LGUs and the aviation authorities, and we will comply with their approvals and conditions, as we all work together to promote and protect public health during these critical times.” In a recent interview, Parreño said he was unsure when would commercial flights resume at the Iloilo Airport. Yesterday, Defensor said there was a scheduled PAL outbound flight this Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Iloilo (CAAP-Iloilo) terminal supervisor Art Parreño said yesterday they applied for up to June 30 extension of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) with their cental office, citing the extension of the modified general community quarantine in Iloilo. A check on its website yesterday showed PAL issuing a domestic travel advisory for Iloilo; it announced Manila-Iloilo-Manila flights (PR 2141/2142) daily effective June 16. Iloilo province and the rest of Western Visayas remain under a modified general community quarantine until the end of this month unless extended further or lifted earlier. ILOILO – Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has approved outbound flights to Manila from the Iloilo Airport but only for locally stranded individuals, employees who have work in Metro Manila and overseas workers who have scheduled flights back to their employment abroad. The initial outbound flights approved were those of the Philippine Airlines (PAL).center_img Defensor said air passengers must have “complete documents” including a travel authority from the Philippine National Police and certification that they were able to complete 14 days of quarantine and didn’t have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) such as fever and cough, among others. PAL further listed the following flights in Western Visayas: * Manila – Roxas – Manila (PR 2203 / 2204 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday effective June 23) “We plan to increase the number of routes and flights in the coming weeks and months, if allowed by aviation authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment,” according to the PAL advisory. “Asta nga may restrictions kita, indi kasulod sa Iloilo except returning overseas workers and locally stranded individuals,” stressed Defensor. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily, said Parreño. * Manila – Kalibo – Manila (PR 2969 / 2970 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday effective June 22) Commercial flights to and from Iloilo were suspended in March this year when the community quarantine was enforced to curb the spread of COVID-19. * Manila – Bacolod – Manila (PR 2131 / 2132 – June 16 and 17) Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region./PNlast_img read more

English Premier League clubs vote for return to contact training

first_imgPremier League football clubs in England on Wednesday voted unanimously to return to contact training, including tackling.The vote has come as the English top flight moved a step closer to a resumption after the shutdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. A statement, released after a meeting of all 20 clubs, said: “Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.“The Premier League’s priority is the health and well-being of all participants.”Failure to resume the season could cost the league around 750 million pounds ($921.75 million) in lost revenue from broadcasters, according to British media estimates.Clubs last week began the first phase of `Project Restart’ after agreeing to a return to training in small groups under strict limitations and no contact.The announcement that Phase Two can commence follows 1,744 tests on players and staff for coronavirus which produced eight positives, including Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. A third round of testing took place on Monday and Tuesday with the results not yet back.No matches have been played in the English Premier League since March when the coronavirus pandemic shut down world sports.However, Wednesday’s vote is a big step towards the league completing the 92 remaining fixtures.On Thursday Premier League shareholders will discuss the business aspects of `Project Restart’, including a possible broadcast rebate and what to do if the season is curtailed.Some reports said clubs could lose out even if the league restarts, should broadcasters demand a 330 million pounds rebate. Phase Two allows up to 10 players to work together and will ease the time restrictions on training sessions and let players to be closer.The third phase will be a move to a more typical form of training in the build-up to actual games.The league had signaled June 12 as a potential start date, but it now looks likely to be later in the month.Matches would be held without fans in attendance.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: Contact trainingCoronavirusCOVID-19Premier Leaguelast_img