Funding, political support critical for polio eradication

first_img Read Full Story The 24-year international campaign to eradicate polio is “within striking distance of its goal,” but could become undone if obstacles to vaccination stall further progress, Jay A. Winsten, associate dean for health communication and Frank Stanton director for the Center for Health Communication, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on July 24, 2012. Emily Serazin, a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston Consulting Group, was co-author.The World Health Organization this year removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries, a victory that involved 2.4 million volunteers administering vaccines to nearly 172 million children. Only three endemic countries remain — Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.Threats to the eradication effort include lack of political support and violence in some countries, and a $945 million campaign funding shortfall that has resulted in reduced vaccinations in some nations, including central and western Africa. “This leaves millions of young children at risk from infected individuals who may travel from endemic countries,” Winsten and Serazin wrote. “Since only 1% of the infected develop symptoms, these silent carriers pose a real danger. High vaccination rates in these countries are a must to prevent a resurgence of the disease.”last_img read more

Cricket News Cameron Bancroft slams 50 in Big Bash League comeback, says ‘no grudges’ against David Warner

first_imgNew Delhi: Cameron Bancroft’s ban for the ball-tampering scandal that shamed Australian cricket ended on December 2018. The right-hander was selected for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League tournament. After failing in the first three games of the tournament, Bancroft showed glimpses of his talent by blasting 59 against the Melbourne Stars at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Bancroft’s knock came off 42 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes as the Perth Scorchers got their campaign back on track with a splendid six-wicket win against the Stars.Speaking after the end of the match, Bancroft, who is expected to have a County Stint with Durham as he aims to stake a place in the Australian Test side for the Ashes, said he would love to play cricket as much as possible. “I just love playing cricket, regardless of the Ashes; it was something I was really keen to do. I’ve missed a chunk of domestic cricket and come the end of the cricket season, I’ll just be keen to get over there and continue to improve and enjoy this great game,” Bancroft said.Read More | If I achieve half of what Sehwag did, I will be happy: Mayank AgarwalHowever, it was his comments for David Warner that became interesting. Bancroft, who had blamed Warner for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, said he would love to open the batting with Warner again and said he was still in touch with Steve Smith and Warner. “We’re good people, very honest and passionate people. Dave, like Steve, all of us, we’ve all gone through our challenges, haven’t we? I look forward to a day like that where I can go out and play cricket with Dave again. He’s a quality cricketer and someone who’s achieved so much in that cricket team. As a player, you strive to be around players like that. For my own learning as a cricketer, I’d love for that to happen,” Bancroft said.‘Blame Warner’Some weeks ago, Bancroft revealed that it was Warner who encouraged him to tamper with the ball and he did it since he wanted to “fit in” and feel “valued” in the team.  Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban while Warner and then skipper Steve Smith were handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia in exemplary punishment for their role in ball-tampering scandal in March this year.  “Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn’t know any better,” Bancroft said in an interview, conducted by former cricketer Adam Gilchrist for Fox Cricket. “I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that,” Bancroft said.   Read More | Cameron Bancroft says David Warner encouraged him to tamper with the ball in Newlands TestHowever, he also admitted that he was guided by his own distorted values in making the horrendous decision. “The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time and I valued fitting in? You hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake.”Bancroft was candid enough to own up the mistake he made.”I take no other responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim. I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control.”However, while introspecting what would have happened if he had refused Warner’s suggestion, the 26-year-old Bancroft said he may have buried himself under the doubt that probably he did not put team’s interest before him.  “I would have gone to bed and I would have felt like I had let everybody down. I would have felt like I had let the team down. I would have left like I had hurt our chances to win the game of cricket.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Man United enter £100m Pogba talks, Klopp to ditch EIGHT Liverpool stars? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…The agent of Paul Pogba, Mino Raiola, will hold talks with Juventus after Euro 2016 to see if he can broker a deal for the player to leave the club and join either Manchester United or Real Madrid. José Mourinho hopes United will meet the player’s demands of €15.6m a year in an attempt to move ahead of Real in the chase for the player. (Guardian)United chief executive Ed Woodward has already begun negotiations that could see Pogba return to Old Trafford in a world record deal worth £100m. Juventus want to keep hold of the 23-year-old, but would find it hard to resist such a deal, which would see Pogba earning up to £300,000 a week at the club he left in 2012. (SkySports)Arsenal have held talks over a move for Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon but are reluctant to pay the French club’s asking price. Lyon want at least £42million for Lacazette and do not need to sell after defender Samuel Umtiti joined Barcelona for £21m. (Daily Mail)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is planning to ship out at least eight more players this summer. Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, Martin Skrtel, Mario Balotelli and Joe Allen are set to be among the departures. (Daily Mirror)Leicester City are to finalise the £18million signing of Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow after he arrived for a medical. The deal for the 23-year-old Nigeria international will be announced at the weekend and he hopes to join up with his new team-mates for their training camp in Austria next week. (Daily Mail)Middlesbrough have flown in Borussia Dortmund’s Serbian centre half Neven Subotic for talks. Boro boss Aitor Karanka hopes to win the race for the defender, who will quit the Bundesliga this summer after deciding he wants to try England. Dortmund want a sale rather than a loan but Boro hope to find a deal that works and could sign him for a season with a view to a full time move. (The Sun)Everton have opened talks with Utrecht over their striker Sebastien Haller. The France U21 international was the subject of failed bids from Norwich City and Swansea in January and has been monitored by Ajax, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace over the past season. (Daily Mail)Radja Nainggolan has confirmed he will stay at Roma this summer despite a strong pursuit from Chelsea. (Daily Express)West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request. The 26-year old was the subject of an £11million bid from Sunderland last month but manager Sam Allardyce is considering switching attention to Lorient forward Benjamin Moukandjo. (Daily Mail)Davide Santon is set to join Sunderland from Internazionale with a medical apparently the only obstacle between the Italy full-back and a £4m return to the north-east, where he played for Newcastle United. (Guardian)Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook will have a medical at Bournemouth on Friday before sealing a £6m move to the Premier League side. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on former club Borussia Dortmund for Jakub BlaszczykowskiManchester United: Paris Saint-Germain considering move for Bastian SchweinsteigerN’Golo Kante and Moussa Sissoko on Juventus’ radar as Italian champions target new midfielderChelsea BLOW! Lyon beat Blues in race to sign highly-rated Argentine defender Emanuel MammanaCrystal Palace move to beat Tottenham to signing of Serie A playmaker Franco VazquezEverton and Galatasaray among clubs interested in signing Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanulast_img read more

West Ham linked with Salah, plus more speculation over Oscar’s future

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…West Ham have launched a bid to sign Mohamed Salah from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.There has been much speculation about Salah’s future since the end of last season, which he ended on loan at Fiorentina, who are keen to keep him.Several other clubs have been linked with the Egyptian, including Tottenham, Inter Milan and Juventus.And the Mirror reports that West Ham want to take Salah, 23, on loan with a view to a permanent move.There continues to be speculation about Salah’s long-term futureFollowing reports in the Italian media, the Daily Mail say Chelsea have discussed a £10.7m bid for Augsburg’s Ghana left-back Baba Rahman, who is said to be a target for Juventus.Meanwhile, Oscar continues to be linked with a possible move to Juve.The Mirror say he could offloaded by Chelsea in exchange for Paul Pogba, who has been consistently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.And the Daily Star say Atletico Madrid will  snub a cash plus-player-offer from the Blues for Antoine Griezmann.Chelsea, it is claimed, are willing to give Atletico either Salah or Filipe Luis for the forward, who is apparently rated at £43m.Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Tuesday that Chelsea could offer Salah as part of a swap deal for Griezmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa, Saudi Arabia deepen ties

first_img30 April 2012 There is great potential for increased trade and investment between South Africa and Saudi Arabia, International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said during a meeting with his counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Abdullah, in Riyadh on the weekend. Ebrahim, who is on a two-nation tour of the Middle East and Asia, said South Africa had significant investment interests in Saudi Arabia, through various companies in the engineering, hospitality, retail and health care industries. Oil accounts for more than 90 percent of Saudi Arabia’s exports, and the kingdom is presently the largest supplier of crude oil to South Africa. According to Ebrahim, bilateral trade between South Africa and Saudi Arabia amounted to more than R37-billion in 2011 – despite the fact that relations between the two countries were “not at the level that they should or could be”. “We appreciate the importance of Saudi Arabia in an international and regional context, and have taken some steps to address the unsatisfactory state of affairs.” The deputy minister said President Jacob Zuma had extended invitations to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and his foreign minister to visit South Africa. “We hope that these visits can take place soon, as the memorandum of understanding for the establishment of regular bilateral political consultations is ready for signature,” “Furthermore, allow me to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you to undertake a visit to South Africa to further strengthen our bilateral standing,” Ebrahim said. South Africa and Saudi Arabia have so far signed eight bilateral agreements together providing a framework for co-operation, and the South Africa and Saudi Arabia Business Council was established in 2009. The two countries have also established a joint defence committee and a joint committee on science and technology. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Penhorwood joins staff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Joel PenhorwoodThis month, Joel Penhorwood joined the staff at Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal as a field reporter and farm broadcaster.He is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communication. While at OSU, Joel was heavily involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, serving as president for two years. The club won the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award during his tenure.Penhorwood got his start in radio at WPKO/WBLL “The Peak of Ohio” in Bellefontaine before starting with OCJ and OAN as an intern in the fall of 2013. He has also worked as the Ohio State Fair Swine Barn Announcer for a number of years.In addition to his work with OCJ and OAN, he stays busy on his family’s small hay, crop and livestock farm in Logan County, which he helps to operate alongside his brothers.last_img read more

Opera Feels The Need for Speed: Releases First Pre-Alpha of Opera 10.5

first_imgOpera just released the first pre-alpha version of Opera 10.5. While most users generally only think about Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome as the major players in the current browser wars, there can be no doubt that Opera is working hard to push browser development forward as well. This latest alpha version shows that Opera has worked hard to speed up the browser. Carakan, the new JavaScript engine in Opera 10.5, is up to seven times faster than Opera’s current engine. The new version of Opera also adds a number of new features like an enhanced private browsing mode and a new graphics engine that can be hardware accelerated. The new alpha is currently only available for Windows and OSX users; a Linux version will follow soon. Download links can be found at the bottom of this page.New FeaturesNew Features:private browsingbetter integration with native systemsnotification messages are now non-modalimprovements to the search box and the address boxnew and improved highlightingnew in-line page search and password managerAlong with the focus on speed – an area where Opera used to lead before WebKit-based browsers like Safari and Chrome became popular – the company also included a number of other enhancement in this early version of 10.5. Windows 7 and Vista users, for example, will notice that the browser is now closely integrated with the desktop environment and makes use of features like Aero Glass in Vista and Aero Peek and Jump Lists in Windows 7. On the Mac, Opera can now make use of multi-touch gestures like the three-finger swipe and Growl notifications.Other new features include a new “private tab” and “private window” mode that actually works far better than similar features in other browsers. You just have to right-click on the tab bar and select “private tab” to start the private browsing mode in this new tab, for example. Opera also updated the look and feel of the browser’s in-line page search and password manager. Tags:#Browsers#web It’s All About SpeedThe focus for Opera, however, is clearly not so much on bringing new features to the browser (the current Alpha doesn’t even support Opera Unite, for example), but on testing the new JavaScript engine. When we spoke to CEO Jon von Tetzchner about the state of the browser during LeWeb earlier this month, he stressed that the company was very focused on improving the speed of the browser. He did say, however, that the JavaScript engine was only a small part of this effort and that the company was also looking at other bottlenecks that are slowing the browser down. The fact that that the new image rendering engine is already pre-wired for hardware acceleration is a good example for this (though the feature isn’t turned on yet). We will bring you more of our interview with von Tetzchner after the holidays.In our own tests, Opera performed remarkably well and this new version clearly shows that it would be unwise to underestimate Opera in the browser wars. We should note, however, that this is still a very early alpha version and that the browser is likely to crash occasionally. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Back to the Present: Hiring Executives for the Job at Hand

first_imgchris cameron Related Posts Tags:#start#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Earlier this month, Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz brought up an interesting topic surrounding the hiring and firing of executives at startups. While talking with a pair of his friends – one a VC and the other a startup CEO – the CEO asked if he should get rid of an executive as the company grows larger because he lacks experience leading a larger company. As Horowitz explains in his post “The Scale Anticipation Fallacy,” he believes passing judgement based on how an executive might perform in the future is ludicrous.His first point is simple enough: no one is born with the natural ability to manage a large company, so everyone needs to learn at some point. He also notes that it is impossible to predict how someone will perform in a hypothetical situation in the future, pointing to Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg as examples. Gates and Zuckerberg are the kinds of executives that are molded to fit in with their respective companies – a great CEO at one company is not automatically golden at another. “The relevant question isn’t whether an executive can scale; it’s whether the executive can do the job at the current scale.”– Ben HorowitzAs he continues with his bulleted list of why prejudging executives is a bad idea, Horowitz uncovers the argument I feel is most important when discussing “scalable” executives.“If you make a judgment that someone is incapable of doing something such as running a larger organization, then will it make sense to teach them those skills or even point out the anticipated deficiencies? Probably not. You’ve already decided that they can’t do it,” he writes.As noted earlier, he believes no one is born with the ability manage a large company, and assuming an executive will not scale with the company serves only to stint their potential and, as Horowitz puts it, “retard their development.” When forced to judge an executive’s abilities, focus on the present. The lesson? Don’t hire someone based on how you think they will do in the future; instead, fill the needs of the present and tackle the issues of the future as they come.“The relevant question isn’t whether an executive can scale; it’s whether the executive can do the job at the current scale,” says Horowitz. “Asking yourself whether or not an executive is great can be extremely difficult to answer. A better question is: For this company at this exact point in time, does there exist an executive who I can hire who will be better?”Certainly it’s important for startups to think about their futures when hiring executives, but I agree with Horowitz that it shouldn’t cloud their judgement too much. Firing someone based on how you believe they might perform in the future is just as dangerous as hiring someone you think might do the job well. In the case of the latter, an executive with the proper credentials to scale with a company might fail miserably at earlier, smaller stages. Is it better the stay within the moment and go with the executives that will perform well in the present? Or should executives be judged based on how they may or may not perform in the future? Let us know your thoughts on the issue in the comments! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Usain Bolt skips training to mourn friend

first_imgThe 34 year-old Jamaican-born Olympic high jump silver medallist died in a motor bike accident on April 20.“I could not train for about two weeks, I just did not feel like training,” Bolt said. “I was not ready to train for about two weeks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Racers Grand Prix, which is being put on by his club in his honour, will be the final time he will compete on Jamaican soil and he will compete in a 100m race to end the program.Bolt said he was certain he would be able to get into shape for Racers. “I have been doing this for years and we have always had setbacks so it will be OK.” Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albert Pujols hits 600th career homer; 9th to join club LATEST STORIES Bolt said his home finale will be a moving affair.“It will be emotional, I will miss running and I am sure the fans will miss seeing me run and so it should be emotional.”Bolt will headline the meet at the revered National Stadium before retiring from international competition two months later after taking part in the London 2017 World Championships.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates his team’s victory at the end of the Men’s 4x100m Relay Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. AFP/Eric FEFERBERGUsain Bolt is working hard to be fit for next Saturday’s season-opening 100 metres at the Racers Grand Prix track meet after the nine-time Olympic gold medallist took time off to mourn the death of a close friend.In an interview aired on Jamaican national television Saturday, Bolt said he was unable to train for more than two weeks as he mourned the loss of his good friend, Germaine Mason.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more