New Chief Orders CDC to Cut Management Layers

first_imgThomas Frieden, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has decided to dismantle a key component of former CDC Director Julie Gerberding’s controversial reorganization of the Atlanta-based agency. In a memo sent to CDC staffers on Friday, Frieden said he will “remove … from the CDC’s structure” the four Coordinating Centers—for infectious disease, health information, health promotion, and environmental health—that had been established as part of Gerberding’s restructuring, started in 2005.While the centers’ functions will be preserved, Frieden told staffers that “the current organizational structure is not best suited to meet the agency’s mission.” He based his decision on the recommendations of an internal panel which said that CDC can operate more efficiently with fewer layers of management. The Coordinating Center structure had been unpopular with many at CDC because it diminished the influence of national centers under its umbrella.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win sixth Australian Open title

first_imgSerena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win on Saturday night.After celebrating prematurely on her third match point, letting her racket go after serving what she thought was an ace but learning that it was a let, top-ranked Williams took a deep breath and fired another ace – her 15th of the set and 18th of the match – to seal it.This time, the celebration was real. She jumped around like a little child, bouncing up and down, before shaking hands with Sharapova at the net.”Growing up I wasn’t the richest but I had a rich family in spirit and support and you know standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen,” Williams said. “I went on the courts with just a ball, and a racket and a hope, that’s all I had.”I’m so honored to be here tonight and to hold this 19th trophy @ my favorite stadium.”Williams, coughing frequently and still affected by a recent cold, controlled the first set around a rain delay in the sixth game, when the match was stopped for 13 minutes for the roof to be closed. Williams came back on court momentarily near the end of the break, but returned to the locker room with a hacking cough. She later said she had vomited before returning to Rod Laver Arena to continue.It didn’t show. She came back from the break and fired an ace to start a run of six straight points. She was broken while serving for the set but broke Sharapova for a third time to clinch it.advertisementThe 33-year-old Williams, the oldest winner of the Australian women’s title in the Open era, won the first six points of the second set and seemed on course for another lopsided victory before Sharapova hit back to set up a dramatic second set.Sharapova saved two match points, including one in the 10th game when she bravely hit a forehand winner down the line – applauded by Williams. She twice held serve to stay in the match.The No. 2-ranked Sharapova forced a tiebreaker and then took the first point off Williams when she leaped into a service return down the line. But Williams rallied again and relied on her serve to keep the points short, missing a second set point when Sharapova hit a winning service return. Williams didn’t relent, though, and secured the title that lifted her above Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who had 18 Grand Slam singles titles.Williams has now won 16 in a row and is 17-2 in career matches against five-time major winner Sharapova, who hasn’t won a head-to-head meeting since 2004.Two of Williams’ six Australian titles have come with straights-set wins in the final against Sharapova, the first in 2007. For 2008 champion Sharapova, it was a third loss in a final at Melbourne Park.”I haven’t beaten her in a long time but I love every time I step on the court with her,” said Sharapova, who had to save two match points in the second round. “I’ve had some of the best memories of my career on this court and also some of my toughest losses, but that’s the life of a tennis player.”last_img read more

Indian archery members ready for SAG

first_imgShillong, Feb 3 (PTI) Optimistic of bagging a rich haul of medals, the Indian archery team is here for the 12th South Asian Games.While the team for the compound event was seen practising at the Cricket Ground, Polo where arrangements have been made for the same, the recurve team arrived today.The India side is hopeful of a good show in the multi-nation event.The Compound event team comprises of P Lily Chanu, V Jyothi Surekha, Swati Dudhwal and Purvasha Sudhir Shinde in the women?s category and Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma, Manash Jyoti Changmai and C Srither in the men?s category.The Indian recurve team, meanwhile, comprises of Jayanta Talukdar, Binod Swansi, Tarundeep Rai and Gurucharan Besra making up the Recurve mens team and Deepika Kumari, L Bombayla Devi, Madhu Vedwan and Laxmirani Majhi for the womens event.The Bhutan archery contingent also attended a practice session at the JN Complex today.The 16-member contingent, eight in compound and eight in Recurve are hopeful of a better show in this edition of the Games.The weather in Shillong, meanwhile, is just perfect for the Bhutanese who are used to harsher conditions.The archery event for the South Asian Games is slated to begin on February 5 with the Qualification Rounds. Individual matches will follow on the 6th. PTI JOP SUS BS BSlast_img read more

Top seed Elina Svitolina out of Malaysian Open with leg injury

first_imgDefending champion Elina Svitolina withdrew from the Malaysian Open with a leg injury ahead of her second round match against Nao Hibino on Wednesday.The 22-year-old, the tournament’s top seed, beat qualifier Jang Su-Jeong 6-2 6-3 in the first round on Tuesday.”Defending champ @ElinaSvitolina has withdrawn from @alyawtamo with a lower left leg injury,” the WTA said on its official Twitter account.Svitolina won the Dubai Open on Saturday, the sixth and the biggest title of her career, to move into the WTA’s top 10 for the first time.last_img

Video: Mike Brey Flying Hip Bumped 2 Seniors In Post-Game Locker Room

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame basketball coach Mike BreySOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the action on the floor against the Monmouth Hawks at Purcel Pavilion on November 12, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Monmouth 84-57. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Notre Dame closed out the regular season with an 89-75 win over NC State at home. After the game, head coach Mike Brey was in a celebratory mood. Brey asked the team’s two seniors, Austin Burgett and Zach Auguste, to give him a flying hip bump in the locker room. Brey didn’t get much hang time, but Auguste still almost knocked him over. INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMTHE JUMP – SENIOR STYLESorry, Matt Gregory, but our Z.A. & Burg had to get a chance.— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 5, 2016Always good to see a coach having fun with his players. If UNC beats Duke later on today, the Fighting Irish will clinch the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and an automatic double-bye into the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes Is Calling For Ohio State To Fire Urban Meyer “Immediately”

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer with his arms crossed on the sideline during an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)Wednesday morning, former ESPN writer Brett McMurphy released a long, detailed report that suggests that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer lied when he said he was not aware of 2015 domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.McMurphy included photos of text messages between Smith’s ex-wife Courtney and Shelley Meyer – Urban’s wife. In response, many are debating whether Meyer will survive the scandal.Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes doesn’t think Meyer should coach another game at Ohio State. Hayes says that the school should fire Meyer “immediately” to get out ahead of the aftermath.Here’s what Hayes had to say:If the school fires Meyer now, maybe it can mitigate the damage by arguing it fired him as soon as it found out. If not, the fallout will only increase in the court of public opinion—for a university already embroiled in a lawsuit from former wrestlers who allege sexual misconduct from a now deceased doctor employed by the university in the 1970s.That case has reached all the way to Washington, D.C., where Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan—a former Ohio State assistant wrestling coach—has been accused by the former wrestlers of knowing about the misconduct and ignoring it.Neither the Meyer family nor the school has yet to release a statement on the matter. There are reports, however, that Meyer is meeting with school AD Gene Smith on Wednesday afternoon.It’s hard to know what the school will actually do. Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history and he has the Buckeyes playing near the top of the sport. But if he really did keep Smith employed with knowledge of alleged domestic violence, none of that will matter.We’ll keep you updated on the situation.last_img read more

Education Minister Salutes 2018 JTA Roll of Honour Awardee

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has hailed 2018 Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Roll of Honour Awardee, Sadie Comrie, for her exemplary leadership and service to the sector.He noted that she has set an excellent example for others to follow, from New Works All-Age School in Westmoreland, where she established a Reading Club, to Lacovia High School in St. Elizabeth, where she served as a Teacher/Librarian for 13 years.“Sadie became President of the JTA in 2002, and then serving the JTA and the Ministry of Education as a liaison officer [from] 2008 to 2010; and in all these capacities you have shown exemplary leadership within our schools and the wider Jamaican society,” Senator Reid said.He was addressing the award presentation ceremony held on February 12 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The JTA Roll of Honour Award recognises outstanding contribution to education, consistent with the Association’s Code of Ethics.The Honour Roll demands of the awardee the highest level of probity, integrity and professional conduct. It also seeks to emphasise excellence in performance.Senator Reid noted that in honouring one of its long-serving members, the JTA is showing not just “an appreciation for the long and dedicated service of the awardee, but also of the values that that individual, Mrs. Comrie, embodies”.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid (right), shares a moment with (from left: President, Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rev. Phyllis Smith-Seymour; Retired Teacher, Arthur Comrie; and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association 2018 Roll of Honour Awardee, Sadie Comrie. They were at the presentation ceremony held on February 12 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.A passion for excellence in education, an enduring commitment to the mission of the JTA, and selfless service to community and country are the hallmarks of the professional journey that took Mrs. Comrie from her initial teaching job at Belfont Basic School in St. James, more than 50 year ago, to the pinnacle of the education system in Jamaica.‘Lady Sadie’, as she is fondly called by her colleagues because of her impeccable deportment and fashionable style of dressing, is widely respected throughout the profession.She is the recipient of the JTA’s Golden Torch; and the R.C. Tavares, and W.B.C. Ben Hawthorne Awards; the Association’s 50th Anniversary Award; as well as the JTA Lasco Salute to Teachers’ Award for Excellence in Education.For his part, JTA President, Dr. Garth Anderson congratulated Mrs. Comrie for her contribution to education in the classroom, as an administrator, and for her 50 years as a member of the profession.Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson (left), presents the Citation and 2018 Roll of Honour Award to Sadie Comrie at the presentation ceremony held on February 12 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.“Her impact and legacy as a stalwart to the sector will live on for generations to come,” he said.In her response, Mrs. Comrie expressed appreciation for the award and gave an undertaking “to be a vessel of cooperation [and] to continue to be a vessel of kindness and love”.last_img read more

Take action against those with nonbailable warrants Deputy EC

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday instructed the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents from various districts to ensure speedy execution of all non-bailable warrants which are still pending.Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain held a marathon meeting with various district election officials and police personnel on Saturday afternoon to review the poll preparedness in the state. The ECI officials have asked the district administrative officials to ensure that no criminals, who are potential trouble-mongers, should remain free during the seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersElection Commission officials instructed the district election officers to review all the sensitive booths in their respective areas at regular intervals and submit a detailed report to the Commission regarding the same. The deputy Election Commissioner has expressed dissatisfaction as the District Magistrate of Cooch Behar did not participate in the video conference. The Commission officials held a video conference with all the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents in North Bengal districts which will go to the polls in the first and second phases. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was learnt from sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) that the deputy Election Commissioner asked the election officers from North Dinajpur, Birbhum, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas to be extra cautious. All the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents who were present in the meeting in the city were asked by the Commission not to engage those officers who are accused of being ‘partial’. The DMs and SPs will be liable to take responsibilities if any such officers are engaged in the poll process under their respective jurisdiction. The Commission categorically mentioned that the officers accused of taking side of any political party must be kept out of the poll process. The deputy Commissioner also took a stock of the overall law order situation in various districts. He also asked the DMs to monitor the route march and area domination by the central forces in the districts. The deputy Election Commissioner also asked the district election officials to prepare and submit the list of subordinate officers if they fail to comply with the instructions. The District Magistrates have been asked to submit the list of sensitive booths under their jurisdiction. The Commission may issue necessary instructions after going through the list submitted by them. The Commission also asked all the election officials to ensure that all the banners with photographs of the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister are removed from both government and private premises. It was also learnt from the sources in the CEO office that the deputy Election Commissioner rebuked the four Districts Magistrates and two Police Superintendents. The deputy Election Commissioner also met Chief Secretary of the state Malay De and Home secretary Atri Bhattacharya in the evening. Various political parties met the deputy Election Commissioner to place their respective demands. A section of intellectuals including painter Suvaprasanna, economist Abhirup Sarkar, writer Subodh Sarkar also met the deputy Election Commissioner and said that some political parties are insulting the people of Bengal by demanding that all booths be declared as ‘super sensitive’.last_img read more

Indias Bollywood stars join UNbacked antihuman trafficking efforts

18 December 2007Some of Bollywood’s biggest stars are joining the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India. Some of Bollywood’s biggest stars are joining the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India.Millions of moviegoers will see a two-minute video called One Life, No Price – aiming to raise awareness of this form of modern-day slavery and spur action to prevent and combat this practice – to be shown before the new film, Welcome.The video features the movie’s stars, including Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal and Mallika Sherawat.To be released throughout India on Friday, Welcome will be shown in 1,100 theatres.Mr. Khan, Mr. Kapoor, Mr. Patekar, Mr. Kumar and Ms. Kaif are also recording separate messages in support of the cause.UNODC’s partnership with the Indian film industry is part of a broader programme called UN.GIFT, which was launched this March to bring governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and the media together to combat the scourge of human trafficking.Other Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and John Abraham have also been enlisted by UNODC to make public service announcements to fight trafficking. read more

US Chinese trade envoys in 1st contact after TrumpXi truce

BEIJING — The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys have spoken by phone in their first contact since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume stalled talks on ending a tariff war.The Commerce Ministry said Beijing’s envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, talked Tuesday with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. It gave no details or timeline for more contacts.Economists say the trade truce might be fragile because the two sides still face the same disagreements that caused talks to stall in May.Both sides have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in the dispute over U.S. complaints about Beijing’s technology ambitions and trade surplus.The Associated Press

UN fund for women announces 1 million in grants to support antiviolence

Through its Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women, UNIFEM will back efforts to help rape survivors in Rwanda and Burundi, promote a gender-sensitive media code for journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and train teachers in Bolivia to advocate for the inclusion of domestic violence in school curricula, among other initiatives.”We are learning how to stop the violence,” said UNIFEM chief Noeleen Heyzer. “These projects reflect the increasing commitment that exists worldwide to protect women’s rights, provide services for victims, and punish crimes of violence against women and girls.”While the funding will support projects in 22 different countries, requirements still far outpace resources. The Trust Fund this year received applications for close to 270 projects with funding requests for more than $15.5 million.”There is an obvious and growing need for greater funding in the area of violence prevention,” Ms. Heyzer observed. “Our biggest obstacle is not a lack of ideas – it is a lack of resources.”Established in 1996, the Trust Fund has awarded, in previous cycles, over $5 million to projects in more than 70 countries. read more

UN agency fears for the safety of Uzbek refugees after Kyrgyzstan sends

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had already found resettlement places for the four who had fled to Kyrgyzstan immediately after violence in the Uzbek city of Andijan in May 2005 and were part of a group of some 500 asylum seekers, all of whom were later recognized as refugees. Uzbekistan had been seeking their extradition.“We fear for their safety. This refoulement [forced return] is an extremely serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention – which Kyrgyzstan has ratified – under which no refugees should be forcibly returned to their country of origin,” said Commissioner António Guterres.“What is even more disturbing is that we had secured resettlement places in different countries for the four refugees months ago and had been asking the Kyrgyz authorities to allow us to transfer them.” The Uzbeks were deported by Kyrgyz authorities, through the Dostuk border crossing, to neighbouring Uzbekistan on Wednesday morning.In mid-June, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan upheld a department of migration service decision not to grant refugee status to the four while the fifth Uzbek, who was arrested in October 2005 after a request from Uzbekistan, still had his asylum appeal claim pending.“Since the beginning of these proceedings over the four refugees we have repeatedly asked the Kyrgyz authorities to maintain their commitment to their international obligations. This grave breach is a huge disappointment as the deportees’ lives may be at stake. Kyrgyzstan has failed to protect these refugees,” said Mr. Guterres.“This is an even greater disappointment given everything Kyrgyzstan has done for Uzbek refugees in the past,” he added. UNHCR left Uzbekistan in mid-April after a government request in March asked the agency to end its work in the country within one month.Shortly after last year’s violence in Andijan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed fears that asylum-seekers and refugees forced to return to Uzbekistan “may face an imminent risk of grave human rights violations, including torture and extra-judicial and summary executions.” read more

Myanmar UN recommends measures to address ongoing food insecurity in cyclonehit areas

In particular, people in the hardest-hit areas of Chin and Rakhine states – already vulnerable to begin with – are still suffering, with paddy production set to fall by up to 15 per cent, constraining food access and pushing consumer prices up, according to the report, compiled jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).For immediate assistance, the report recommends the distribution of seeds for the forthcoming monsoon planting seasons, provision of water and pest-resistant storage containers to protect farmer’s seeds, along with drying nets and post-harvest equipment, as well as urgent restocking of livestock, such as chickens, ducks, goats and pigs, to avoid a fall in protein intake. The affected communities also must secure fishing equipment, rebuild fishing gear and boats, and rehabilitate fish ponds. They also need more smaller farm machinery for hire.Longer-term interventionsIn addition to those measures, “we are also ensuring a focus on longer term interventions which enable farmers and communities to better cope with future emergencies,” Bui Thi Lan, FAO Representative in Myanmar, said in a press release.The report also provides a set of recommendations for long-term recovery, resilience building and disaster risk reduction. These include: developing grain banks at communal and regional levels to reduce post-harvest losses; constructing micro-dams in suitable areas and establishing a National Information and Early Warning Unit on Food and Nutrition Security.Resilience-building initiatives will include rehabilitation and/or rebuilding of household and community assets, mapping of disaster risk reduction systems and training farmers in disaster risk reduction skills to enable them to recover quicker and make best use of emergency recovery inputs provided.Given the availability of rice and generally well-functioning markets within Myanmar, the report recommends that assistance be provided in the form of cash or vouchers to assist vulnerable people to purchase food at a time of severe food shortages that may hit in the coming months.“As affected households have faced difficulties in obtaining credit, cash assistance is necessary to resume their livelihoods,” said Domenico Scalpelli, WFP Resident Representative and Country Director.Since October 2015, WFP has employed cash transfers in relief activities, following its prompt life-saving food assistance within 48 hours of the devastation of national disaster. In addition, WFP has been implementing cash or food for asset activities from November to provide income generation opportunities for affected people primarily relying on day labour. Above all, reconstruction of safer community infrastructure will reinvigorate communities’ resilience, he said.Funding shortfallsBy the end of 2015, WFP had reached half a million people affected by the floods and massive landslides, mostly in Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Magway, Mon, Rakhine and Sagaing States and Regions.WFP intends to continue its flood response for 104,000 people until mid-2016 to prevent further deterioration of food security and nutrition situation in Myanmar, but faces a funding shortfall of $47 million to meet all food assistance needs there till the end of 2016.FAO is aiming to meet the immediate agricultural needs of 332,750 individuals still recovering from the 2015 floods. To date, FAO’s resilience program in Myanmar has secured financial resources and will provide assistance to around 150,000 farmers and fisher people in the worst-affected areas of Rakhine, Chin and Sagaing. In order to meet all targeted beneficiaries, FAO requires an additional funding of $7.1 million.The report is based on a Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) conducted in Myanmar in November-December 2015 by the two UN agencies. read more

Brilliant Ioane on the double as All Blacks move into series lead

first_img By Murray Kinsella 81 Comments New Zealand 30Lions 15Murray Kinsella reports from Eden Park, AucklandTHE LIONS HAD promised us they would play and Warren Gatland’s men stayed true to their word at Eden Park, but even one of the truly great tries – a length-of-the-pitch effort finished by Sean O’Brien – couldn’t fire them to victory. Ioane scored two tries on his first Test start. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHOThe tourists had the All Blacks worried for long periods of the game but they ultimately never managed to nudge their way in front on the scoreboard and push Steve Hansen’s side into panic mode.Instead, the Kiwis were clinical in taking their chances, scoring tries through hooker Codie Taylor and brilliant 20-year-old left wing Rieko Ioane, who dotted down two on his first Test start.While the Lions played attractive attacking rugby, with fullback Liam Williams and centre Jonathan Davies particularly outstanding, the All Blacks had the kind of tough edge that champion sides possess and they were good for the win that puts them in pole position to claim the series over the next two weekends.There were positive points for the Lions to rally around ahead of the second Test in Wellington in a week’s time, but the All Blacks always looked like they had enough quality to score tries when they most needed to.The Lions’ attacking game was at a new level with Gatland having backed Williams to start alongside the pacy Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson, while Ben Te’o delivered a muscular defensive performance in the midfield.The controversial decision to back Alun Wyn Jones in the second row ahead of Maro Itoje proved a disappointment, with the powerful England lock offering far more when he came off the bench in the second half. Ben Te’o was superb in defence for the Lions. Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHOWilliams sparked some stunning passages of counter-attacking rugby for the Lions, including the sensational O’Brien try before half-time, which also involved Davies and Daly.That try was taken wonderfully, but the Lions failed to capitalise in a clinical manner after other linebreaks – they had six in total – with Te’o’s failure to pass wide to the right early in the second half proving particularly costly.The All Blacks – though unafraid to play directly – were the more clinical team and all three of their finishes were a lesson for the Lions, as the Kiwis’ skills came up good under the defensive pressure.Nonetheless, Gatland will be urging his players to focus on the positives and he will also feel that the All Blacks benefited from the performance of referee Jaco Peyper – with replacement out-half Johnny Sexton berating the match official at full time.Even in that department the All Blacks deserve credit. They tested the limits of the laws with their kick escorting, ruck work, and release before turnovers, but it was simply a team playing the referee and it meant they came out on the right end of an 11-6 penalty count. One of a few work-ons for the Lions in the next week.The first half saw the script flipped on its head as the All Blacks played confrontationally with aggressive ball-carrying and built long periods of pressure on the Lions, who kept themselves in the game with that sensational O’Brien try. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe Lions almost had the perfect start to the game as Daly went close to scoring in the left corner following a superb Davies break in the second minute. The outside centre scorched through and passed back inside to Conor Murray, who would have scored but for a desperate tap tackle from Aaron Smith.The Lions recycled and Daly had a glimmer of space in the left corner, but Israel Dagg pulled off a brilliant tackle to deny him, TMO George Ayoub confirming Daly had been dragged into touch.Suitably awakened, the All Blacks took control of the game thereafter and Beauden Barrett got them off the mark with a 13th-minute penalty after Taulupe Faletau was caught offside during a multi-phase passage of high-tempo Kiwi attack in the Lions’ 22.Their first try arrived three minutes later, stemming from a Brodie Retallick turnover near the half way line, which sparked another extended period of All Blacks’ possession, the likes of Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read hammering into their carries.The Lions failed to roll away and it appeared that the hosts would shoot at goal with the penalty, only for Aaron Smith to quick-tap and find Barrett in midfield. The out-half fired a long skip pass to Dagg, who flung the ball wide right, where hooker Codie Taylor – having held his width with great discipline – picked the ball off his bootlaces wonderfully to finish past Daly. Codie Taylor celebrates for the All Blacks. Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHOBarrett converted and it looked deeply ominous for the Lions as they trailed 10-0, but Murray’s excellent box kicking was one source of optimism.Owen Franks stupidly took out the Lions halfback at a ruck to allow the tourists to finally get on the scoreboard with half an hour gone, Owen Farrell converting the penalty just after the All Blacks had lost Ben Smith to concussion.Centre Ryan Crotty followed him soon after, and the All Blacks looked unsettled with the changes in their backline, Barrett moving to fullback to accommodate the introduction of Aaron Cruden.The replacement playmaker kicked deep into the Lions’ 22 in the 37th minute, and suddenly the Lions struck.Williams stepped past the fast-advancing Kieran Read and then arced in between Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams to burst out of the Lions’ 22 in stunning fashion.The Lions fullback was halted on the halfway line by Dagg but his offload found Davies, who hit Daly on the left wing to scorch past replacement Anton Lienert-Brown, before passing back inside to Davies. O’Brien dots down one of the all-time great Lions tries. Source: James Crombie/INPHONow just metres from the Kiwi tryline, Davies was tackled by Barrett but again the Lions player freed his hands and there he found O’Brien thundering up on his right shoulder to take the ball and smash through the tackle attempt of Smith to finish a sensational try.Farrell couldn’t convert, but the Lions were well and truly in the contest at 13-8 heading into the interval.And Gatland’s men continued to live up their promise to play with flair early in the second half, with Williams sparking another counter attack from a Kiwi knock-on, sending Davies scampering through and into the All Blacks’ half, where he combined with Watson.Sam Whitelock was pinged for offside after Hansen’s men had scrambled to prevent another stunning try – and after Te’o had spurned an overlap on the right to carry in midfield – and the Lions opted to kick into the corner rather than take a shot at goal.But twice they were turned over – first in the five-metre maul and then again after O’Brien had wrestled the ball back for them – and the Kiwis breathed a sigh of relief.Watson made another searing linebreak on a kick return initiated by Williams just a minute later, but the offload attempt to Murray went forward and the Kiwis again were let off the hook. William was sensational. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWith the rain returning as we headed towards the 50-minute mark, Gatland sent in impact sub Itoje for the underperforming Jones, with tour captain Sam Warburton soon following – replacing captain Peter O’Mahony and taking on the leadership as he entered.But it was a pair of Kiwi subs that made the more immediate impact, Wyatt Crockett and Charlie Faumuina massacring the Lions scrum, drawing a penalty advantage that they played off to devastating effect.Read picked the ball and offloaded sublimely around Murray to Smith, who hit the hard-running Dagg to break the previously excellent Te’o’s tackle and find Cruden, who in turn fired a skip pass to Ioane on the left touchline, the wing finishing one-handed on the dive.Peyper went to the TMO to check Read had not knocked the ball on and though it initially appeared he had, Ayoub stated that the ball had come off his foot before moving forward and the try stood, with Barrett converting expertly.Trailing 20-8 heading into the final quarter, Gatland sent Sexton on to combine with Farrell, the Englishman shifting out one to inside centre.However, Sexton’s first major contribution was to stray offside as the All Blacks built more pressure five metres from the Lions’ tryline and Barrett punished him to the tune of three points, adding to the scale of the task for the Lions. Aaron Smith celebrates Ioane’s brilliant try. Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHOThe Lions were beginning to creak and the All Blacks went to the corner in the 65th minute – opting against going for the posts – as the visitors’ penalty count continued to tick upwards, but then Itoje delivered.The dynamic lock rose explosively in front of Retallick to steal Taylor’s throw, and the Kiwi hooker then threw crooked at the very next lineout – his last action of the game – after the Lions had exited from their 22.Gatland’s men eked out a five-metre lineout of their own heading towards the final 10 minutes and with it came their final chance to claw back into the contest, but there was a collective malfunction as the All Blacks came away with the ball.And that proved to be the last despairing effort, as Ioane bagged his second in the 71st minute, gathering the bouncing ball near the halfway line after Williams had dropped a Perenara kick under little pressure.The freakish Blues wing showed his pace to scorch to the outside of the retreating Daly, skipping out of the English wing’s diving tackle attempt.Barrett converted again to keep his 100% record off the tee intact, and though replacement scrum-half Rhys Webb sniped over for a clever try in the final minute, the Lions must focus on rescuing this series in Wellington.The worrying thing for Gatland is that the All Blacks will only get better. Jun 24th 2017, 10:31 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share21 Tweet Email1 Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 10:31 AM New Zealand scorers:Tries: Codie Taylor, Rieko Ioane [2]Conversions: Beauden Barrett [3 from 3]Penalties: Beauden Barrett [3 from 3]Lions scorers:Tries: Sean O’Brien, Rhys WebbConversions: Owen Farrell [1 from 2]Penalties: Owen Farrell [1 from 1] 23,667 Views NEW ZEALAND: Ben Smith (HIA – Aaron Cruden ’27); Israel Dagg, Ryan Crotty (Anton Lienert-Brown ’33), Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith (TJ Perenara ’55); Joe Moody (Wyatt Crockett ’54), Codie Taylor (Nathan Harris ’66), Owen Franks (Charlie Faumuina ’54); Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock; Jerome Kaino (Ardie Savea ’47), Sam Cane, Kieran Read (captain) (Scott Barrett ’78).LIONS: Liam Williams (Leigh Halfpenny ’72); Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Ben Te’o (Johnny Sexton ’57), Elliot Daly; Owen Farrell, Conor Murray (Rhys Webb ’58); Mako Vunipola (Jack McGrath ’52), Jamie George (Ken Owens ’58), Tadhg Furlong (Kyle Sinckler ’60); Alun Wyn Jones (Maro Itoje ’48), George Kruis; Peter O’Mahony (captain) (Sam Warburton ’54), Sean O’Brien, Taulupe Faletau.Referee: Jaco Peyper [SARU].The42 is on Instagram! 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Varvara Ioannous push for progress on gender equality

first_imgIt was early in her career that Varvara Ioannou, founder of the women’s Food For Thought Network, had the opportunity to work for an organisation that employed the largest number of Indigenous women. The experience is one she cherishes, and since then says she has wanted to do something to help raise the profile of Indigenous women and awareness of the challenges they face, while also bringing attention to their many achievements. With the release of the Australian government’s Closing the Gap 2018 Report this month, she says the timing couldn’t be more right, and has decided to give Indigenous women a platform at this year’s annual International Women’s Day dinner on 8 March. “Our focus was always to raise awareness of what helps and prevents women to succeed. When we say women, it’s not just Greek women, it’s women in general and when you look at the research you find that Indigenous women encounter the greater levels of disadvantage and adversity across the most social and economic indicators,” Ioannou tells Neos Kosmos.“But the research also says that when Indigenous women have been able to organise, consult and direct attention to the areas in their community, they have been able to improve outcomes. So we hope this International Women’s Day will raise awareness of our Indigenous sisters and support their development.”Guest speaking at the FFTN’s event will be Nova Peris AM. A fitting choice, Ms Peris has achieved many firsts among the Indigenous community, paving the way for others, among them becoming Australia’s first Indigenous woman elected to Federal Parliament, the first Aboriginal Australian and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic gold medal – and one of very few athletes to have represented their country in two different sports, hockey and athletics at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. MC for the evening will be one of Australia’s leading media personalities, Jo Pearson.This year the women’s network’s theme is #Pressforprogress. While women in the Western world have long been pushing for gender equality and parity, Ioannou says that it is important to recognise that progress has different meanings for women depending on their circumstances. “The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survey in 2009 found that 21.2 per cent of Indigenous people reported family violence as a problem within their community, 8.1 per cent reported sexual assault in their community, 18.3 per cent of Indigenous women experienced physical or threatened abuse in the past 12 months compared with 7 per cent of non-Indigenous women. So due to this disadvantage, these women are underrepresented in the work force as almost half are unemployed,” says Ioannou.“#Pressforprogress means different things for different women depending on their circumstances. For women like our Aboriginal sisters, getting a foot in the door and getting a job, and getting out of their domestic violence scenarios is a priority. You have women in war-stricken countries like Syria, Afghanistan and asylum seekers; for those women #Pressforprogress is to survive. I think we need to be mindful of that.”Each year the FFTN selects an ambitious woman to sponsor as part of the event, and for 2018 has selected Christiana Aloneftis. The talented Greek Australian aims to make an international career as a soprano, and the financial support she will receive will be invaluable in advancing her career as an opera singer. Soprano, Christiana Aloneftis. Ioannou has been helping to raise awareness about gender equality for close to two decades. While she acknowledges that women are in a much better position now than they were over 100 years ago, she says we still have a way to go.“The women’s movement has achieved a lot together; women didn’t have the vote, we’ve had women prime ministers, we’ve had women CEOs, recently we had same-sex marriage – they’re some of the things we have achieved. Have we progressed far enough? Of course not,” she says.“The important thing is, on International Women’s Day we need to celebrate all women in all their diversity and we need to embrace the many facets and identities and intersections of faith, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, and disability. We need to celebrate those that came before us, those than stand beside us, and those that will come after.”She encourages members of the Greek and other CALD communities to attend the event and open themselves up to understanding the various plights of women, of those that are Indigenous in particular, and to offer a helping hand.“We can all become mentors to these women, and also learn from them; about their culture and their resilience that they have displayed all these years.”Hosted together with the Manningham City Council, the FFTN’s International Women’s Day event will take place on Thursday 8 March from 7.00 – 10.00 pm at Manningham Function Centre (699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, VIC). 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Sony veut analyser les cellules humaines

first_imgSony veut analyser les cellules humainesLe fabricant d’appareils électroniques Sony a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il mettrait bientôt sur le marché un instrument d’analyse de cellules humaines. C’est la technologie Blu-ray qui équipera ces nouveaux outils.Sony veut se lancer dans le domaine médical, cela n’est pas nouveau. Mais depuis peu, les choses s’accélèrent. Avec le rachat, en 2010, de la société américaine de cytométrie iCyt, le géant japonais avait déjà fait un pas supplémentaire dans cette direction. Maintenant, les choses se concrétisent encore puisque le groupe vient tout juste d’annoncer qu’il mettrait bientôt sur le marché un instrument d’analyse de cellules humaines.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Grâce à cet appareil équipé de la technologie Blu-ray (jusqu’ici utilisée pour lire des CD) et d’une puce électronique, il serait possible d’améliorer considérablement les tâches et le temps d’analyse, selon Sony. Il pourrait être employé dans les recherches sur le cancer et autres maladies affectant les cellules, ainsi que dans le domaine à fort enjeu de la recherche cellulaire, notamment sur l’utilisation des cellules souches embryonnaires. Concrètement, cet instrument compte les cellules d’un prélèvement, mesure leurs dimensions, les différencie par groupe et précise la surface et la constitution interne de chacune d’entre elles, le tout à très grande vitesse.En passant sous le faisceau laser, les cellules renvoient en fait une lumière qui est analysée et qui permet de les classifier en collectant toutes leurs caractéristiques. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque Sony envisage également de proposer au corps médical des techniques de capture et analyse d’images au départ conçues pour ses caméras, appareils photo, téléviseurs ou ordinateurs. Le nouveau patron de l’entreprise, Kazuo Hirai, ne cache d’ailleurs pas vouloir faire de cette activité l’un des piliers du groupe.Le 12 juin 2012 à 14:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ultrasons examen grossesse déroulement et risques

first_imgUltrasons : examen, grossesse, déroulement et risquesLes ondes ultrasonores ont une fréquence comprise entre 20 kHz et 1GHz. Elles sont couramment utilisées en imagerie médicale pour visualiser l’intérieur du corps, lors d’une échographie ou d’un Doppler. Qu’est-ce que l’examen d’ultrasons ?L’échographie et le Doppler sont deux examens d’imagerie médicale basés sur la diffusion d’ondes ultrasons dans le corps et sur l’analyse de leur écho, renvoyé par les composants organiques.Lors d’une échographie “standard” (échographie pelvienne, échographie abdominale), l’écho est traduit en images, s’affichant directement sur un écran. Cet examen permet de visualiser divers organes, notamment ceux de l’appareil urogénital et digestif (reins, utérus, ovaires, pancréas, vessie, prostate, rate…). Le Doppler, quant à lui, sert à analyser le flux sanguin dans diverses veines et artères, celles des jambes par exemple : l’écho peut être traduit en signal sonore, en graphique ou encore en images colorées.Ces deux techniques d’imagerie médicale par ultrasons, souvent couplées, peuvent être utilisées pour poser un diagnostic, contrôler l’évolution d’une maladie, vérifier l’efficacité d’un traitement ou encore être employées lors d’une intervention, pour guider le geste du chirurgien. De plus, elles servent aussi à contrôler la santé du fœtus durant la grossesse.Ultrasons : comment se passe un examen ?Selon l’organe à contrôler et la nature exacte de l’examen, certaines consignes doivent être respectées : avoir la vessie pleine, se présenter à jeun… Mais le plus souvent, il faut surtout éviter de mettre des cosmétiques sur la peau avant l’examen.La plupart des échographies et des Dopplers se déroulent en position allongée sur le dos : le radiologue étale sur la peau un gel favorisant la propagation des ultrasons, avant le passage de la sonde. Parfois, les ultrasons doivent être diffusés au plus près des organes pour avoir des images précises : la sonde à ultrasons, couverte de gel et d’un préservatif, est introduite dans le vagin (échographie endovaginale pour contrôler l’appareil génital interne, par exemple) ou le rectum (échographie endorectale, surtout utilisée chez l’homme, pour vérifier l’état de la prostate). La durée de l’examen peut varier de 10 à 40 minutes en moyenne, selon les cas.Ultrasons : quels sont les risques pour la santé ?À lire aussiLes dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologiqueEmployées dans le respect des consignes de sécurité, les techniques d’imagerie médicale par ultrasons sont considérées comme sûres : une courte exposition aux ultrasons est ainsi sans danger pour l’organisme. On évite toutefois d’y avoir trop souvent recours sur le fœtus, par précaution, car les effets d’une exposition fréquente sont méconnus.Ces examens peuvent aider à diagnostiquer de nombreux troubles, bénins ou sévères, allant des kystes et des varices sans gravité, en passant par le cancer du col de l’utérus et l’endométriose.Le 7 août 2017 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Floodwaters drop in Houston as Harvey takes a second swipe

first_imgHOUSTON — Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the storm weakened slightly Wednesday but major dangers remained for the U.S. Gulf Coast area, including the threat of an explosion at a stricken Texas chemical plant and major flooding further east near the Texas-Louisiana line.The scope of the devastation caused by the hurricane came into sharper focus, meanwhile, and the murky green floodwaters from the record-breaking, 4-foot deluge of rain began yielding up more bodies as predicted.The confirmed death toll climbed to at least 31, including six family members — four of them children — whose bodies were pulled Wednesday from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou.“Unfortunately, it seems that our worst thoughts are being realized,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said after the van that disappeared over the weekend was found in 10 feet of muddy water.As the water receded, Houston’s fire department said it would begin a block-by-block search Thursday of thousands of flooded homes. Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mann said the searches were to ensure “no people were left behind.”last_img read more

Historic preservation commission honored for its outreach

first_imgA Clark County commission is among a dozen winners of the state’s 2018 historic preservation awards.The Clark County Historic Preservation Commission will be honored in the Preservation Education category for its successful outreach to the public.The news release from Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer, cited the commission’s innovative ways to engage the public in heritage and preservation. They include panel discussions on a local television station; developing a mobile app highlighting historic places across the county; direct involvement in special events; and its work with organizations and local decision-makers.Some prominent properties that have been part of is discussions in the last year include the 78th Street Heritage Farm, once the site of the Clark County Poor Farm, and Providence Academy.The commission members are chairman Robert Hinds, vice chairwoman Sarah Fox, Sean Denniston, Alex Gall, Rob Heaney, Roch Manley and Mark Pelletier. The commission maintains the Clark County Historic Register and reviews proposed design changes to properties on the register.Members are appointed by the Clark County Council, based on demonstrated special interest, experience or knowledge in history, historic preservation, architecture or related disciplines.Other winners in nine categories range from a 16-year-old Boy Scout who led an effort to restore a Centralia cemetery all the way up to the U.S. Department of Energy.last_img read more

States New Attorney General To Review Gay Marriage Case Guard Issues

first_imgAlaska’s new attorney general says he will view litigation over same-sex marriage in the state strictly along constitutional lines.Download AudioCraig Richards also says he will review issues related to the Alaska National Guard, including ensuring that proper prosecutions were brought for wrongful behavior and the release of public records by former Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration was done diligently.Richards is the former law partner of Gov. Bill Walker, who defeated Parnell and took office Monday. Walker announced Richards as his pick for attorney general last week.Richards says that as a “law nerd,” there could not be a more fun job. He said it’s a great opportunity.The appointment must be approved by lawmakers.Richards’ legal experience includes areas of oil and gas and taxation.last_img read more