Reflections on Inequality in America Initiative’s first year

first_imgThe ending of the academic year feels like a beginning for Dean of Social Science Claudine Gay, who is celebrating the ambitious Faculty of Arts and Sciences Inequality in America Initiative’s transition from notional to nascent.“It is hard for me to think of anything more urgent to address, given the broad impacts of inequality and the ways in which emergent inequalities — powered by globalization and technological change — intersect with stubbornly persistent inequalities along lines of race and gender to produce whole new classes of problems,” she said. “I feel so grateful to be in this role at this moment. The opportunity to think of new ways that we as academics can contribute to understanding and solving these challenges is incredibly rewarding work.”In its first nine months, the Inequality Initiative pursued a three-pronged effort, beginning with a public symposium last fall that brought together voices within the Harvard community as well as a range of perspectives from presenters and panelists across the country.“It was our coming-out party, and hopefully the first of what will be biannual symposia to bring the community together to spotlight new work,” Gay said.With seed funding from President Drew Faust and Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of FAS, Gay launched a postdoctoral fellowship program for early career scholars. The call for proposals was met with astounding enthusiasm: 330 people applied for the two positions in the first cohort.“This tells you so much about the unmet scholarly needs in this field, how important it is for Harvard to be in this space, and how intensely people want to be here in our community,” she said.The first cohort, who will arrive in August to begin the two-year fellowship, is comprised of Anthony M. Johnson, who studies inequality at the intersection of STEM and higher education, and Paige L. Sweet, whose research explores the medicalization of domestic violence. Both, Gay said, have done remarkable fieldwork to uncover the sociological forces that contribute to the reproduction of inequality.“Anthony and Paige will energize and inspire our community while pushing their own scholarship in new directions,” she said, adding “one priority for me going forward is to make sure our postdocs have terrific mentors and a vibrant program of activities they are connected to.”Funding for faculty is the initiative’s third component, launched to support new research, including projects with a social engagement component. Among the first-year beneficiaries are Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor of History and African and African American Studies, and Ben Enke, assistant professor of economics. Hinton will pilot a research seminar about the history of Massachusetts prisons to be offered jointly to Harvard graduate students and inmates at Norfolk and Framingham correctional facilities. Enke will launch a study to examine how Americans’ feelings toward different groups in society influence their political attitudes.“Now that we’ve developed this momentum, we need to work to mobilize the resources so we can sustain it,” said Gay. “I want Harvard to be the place to go for anyone serious about understanding inequality. I want to be a resource for scholars, for students, for people on the ground close to the problem. The faculty ambition is already there, and I’m grateful I can help it coalesce into a game-changing program.”last_img read more

Department renames Isis Gallery as AAHD Gallery

first_imgSince the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group, commonly known as “ISIS,” many businesses and organizations with the same acronym have modified their names to avoid any negative connotations. Notre Dame’s department of art, art history and design department recently followed suit, renaming the Isis Gallery in O’Shaughnessy Hall as the AAHD Gallery.Originally created by students, intended for exhibitions of student work and named after the mythological goddess, the existence of the Isis Gallery dates back to the 1970s, Richard Gray, chair of the department, said, when the art department was housed in the old fieldhouse.“I came to the department in the 1980s, and it was already a gallery, an operating space. And it was started by students, probably in the old fieldhouse,” he said. “The department occupied the old fieldhouse for about 10 years, prior to moving to Riley Hall. They never had a permanent home, and the old fieldhouse was kind of this ad hoc space they took over, and it has since become the [Clarke Memorial Fountain].”After the demolition of the fieldhouse, the gallery moved to O’Shaughnessy Hall, where students and graduate students continue to install and take down work, which is a range of art media across all disciplines, including design work. “We don’t have a particular staff person that [is] doing that,” he said.The AAHD gallery currently shows undergraduate and graduate student and professional work, Gray said. “The gallery is there for us to showcase professional work from the outside for the benefit of the student community. It’s there to feature our own student work, to students and faculty, to the Notre Dame community and to showcase what we do as artists and designers,” he said.The AAHD gallery exhibits professional work for two-thirds of the academic year and shows student work the rest of the time, Gray said. The work of a second-year graduate student is currently being installed, and senior undergraduate work will be displayed at the end of the semester. “Most of the shows during the semester are from artists beyond the department. We have a small lecture series here, where we invite people to come and speak, and one of the options is for them to have an exhibition in the gallery to go along with their talk.”The location of the gallery in O’Shaughnessy Hall is partially practical, Gray said, because of a lack of space in Riley Hall. “The more beneficial way to look at is that the gallery is a way for us to have outreach on the campus, to make what we do available to people beyond our building,” he said. “Having art in a public place creates a great conversation with just the public at large — in this case, with a lot of students — rather than locating galleries in art spaces, locating galleries in non-art spaces is beneficial, as a conversation starter, as outreach, in sharing our intellectual curiosity and intellectual production with other people.”By displaying student work, the gallery “completes the circle” for an artist or designer, not unlike publication completes the circle for a writer, he said. “This a way of you completing that circle, from producer to consumer, and having that conversation at large with people beyond your own interest and constituencies,” he said. “Our students have the experience of exhibiting work, of putting themselves out there in the public for commentary and feedback.”Tags: AAHD. O’Shaughnessy Hall, Art Gallerylast_img read more

Common Core Opponents Predict Record-Breaking Numbers Of Students Opting Out

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Parents and school officials across Long Island and New York State were met with more than the typical back-to-school anxiety following spring break this year.Tuesday marked the first test in the latest round of controversial Common Core examinations for grades three through eight, and parents who hadn’t yet made the decision to opt their children out were running out of time, while letters from parents who had were piling up across the desks of school administrators.More than 50,000 students across the state refused to take the Common Core standardized tests last year—more than 30,000 of those on Long Island—and local education activists tell the Press they expect even more opting out this time around. Though exact figures were still rolling in as of press time, preliminary numbers on related social media sites Tuesday afternoon, such as anti-Common Core Facebook group “Long Island Opt Out,” tallied several school districts as having a more-than 50-percent opt-out rate among test-eligible students.Yet where a good deal of opponents’ vitriol against the Obama administration’s education reform program last year was born of its botched roll-out, what parents deemed to be the detrimental effects on their children, and the testing’s accounting for a high percent of teacher evaluations, among other gripes, Common Core opponents now credit Gov. Andrew Cuomo with pouring more gasoline on the already scorching anti-Common Core inferno.Local and regional education activists, such as the founders of New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), Badass Teachers Association (BATs) and state teachers union NYSUT all kicked their anti-Common Core reform campaigns into high gear after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address in January—in which he announced his plan to ramp up what many believe was already an aggressive approach to the teacher evaluation plan, calling for the controversial high-stakes test to account for 50 percent of teacher evaluations, among other caveats.“The legislators spoke on April 1st about what their plans are for their children’s classrooms,” blasts Jeanette Deutermann, founder of Long Island Opt Out and a founding member of NYSAPE, referring to the state legislature’s passage of the governor’s budget bill. “The parents will answer on test day.”In addition to the increased weight the standardized testing will have on teacher evaluations, Cuomo proposed other sweeping education reforms in his State of the State that have education activists ticked off, including extending tenure requirements, expanding charter schools and boosting state oversight of failing schools.Opponents’ efforts to rally defiance to the tests included mobile billboards and robocalls, some from Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo’s formidable, though ultimately unsuccessful, former gubernatorial primary challenger and outspoken high-stakes testing opponent, which went out last week and urged parents to consider their “constitutional right to refuse them without any negative consequences to your kids or financial loss to your schools.”“I want you to know that 70 percent of New Yorkers are opposed to these tests and that, by design, 70 percent of students will fail these tests,” Teachout’s message continued.Teachout has become a familiar face of those who challenge the status quo, and some anti-Common Core activists tell the Press they believe Cuomo’s contentious approach to teachers and the teachers union is a direct result of their strong backing of Teachout in the Democratic primary.“It’s a remarkable and unusual movement, grounded in three powerful motives: parents’ fierce protectiveness of their children, teachers’ drive to protect the classroom from a culture of fear and senseless unusable tests, and the public desire to protect our democracy,” Teachout tells the Press via text message. “The tests have no pedagogical value, so parents are opting out because they aren’t helping the kids. I support them because, at root, this testing seems designed to undermine public education itself. “OUTRAGEDespite pleas from the New York State Department of Education, local school administrators and the OpEd page of Newsday slamming the Opt Out movement, parents on Long Island have become increasingly outspoken about opting their children out of the standardized tests, citing staunch objections to the test-based curriculums they will undoubtedly inspire. They complain about recess and art programs being cut to make way for test preparation. They fear the loss of local control of their children’s public education.“The most dangerous place on Earth is between a mother and her child. Cuomo has crossed the line,” declares GiGi Guiliano of East Islip, a mother of three who will refuse the test. “We want our classrooms back. We want our teachers to be able to teach again. I want my kids to enjoy the love of learning, not how to fill in bubbles. I want them to be lifelong learners.”Parents have formed groups in many pockets across Long Island to share their concerns and educate their neighbors.Allison White is a parent in Port Washington. Although her own children have graduated, she became active in her community as an advocate for public education two years ago by focusing on the student-data privacy issue. But, as she educated herself on the broader issues surrounding Common Core and its high-stakes testing, she was inspired to help form the Port Washington Advocates for Public Education, an ally of NYSAPE. She also acts as a liaison to Long Island Opt Out.“I’m concerned as a citizen,” she tells the Press. “I’m concerned about what’s happening to an entire generation of students. I’ve also been concerned about attempts to limit the information that gets out there, and that school districts have not been so open about sharing what is going on.”Stacy Leckler co-founded Mineola Concerned Parents for Public Education. In a community forum on April 9 at the Portuguese Heritage Society, she and approximately 50 parents participated in an educational forum in which they participated in taking sample ELA (English Language Arts) tests. They were allotted 12 minutes to complete a reading assignment and answer questions.“Some wouldn’t take it,” she explains. “Others were flipping back and forth trying to figure out the answers. When the reading maturity was later revealed, it was shocking.”Kathi Heggers’ seventh grader opted out of the state tests this year and last in Rocky Point.“The tests are completely flawed,” she bashes. “They’re used for the wrong purposes.”Heggers, a school board member who became critical of the Common Core standards when they were first introduced in 2010, has only grown stauncher in her objections to the reforms.“They’re reading passages that are two to three grade levels above what they are capable of comprehending,” she laments. “There’s embedded field test questions in the exam so that the children don’t even know the question that they’re trying so desperately to answer and have never been taught, which is all taking time away from the time they need to take the real test. Most of them don’t finish because they’re spending so much time on a question they don’t know the answer to because they can’t know the answer to it. They change the cut score constantly to manipulate their own self-serving needs.”Those “self-serving” needs, according to Common Core opponents, include the dismantling of public education and the rise of private and charter schools. The education tax credits written into the governor’s budget supports this tactic, they argue, contending that it grants dollar-for-dollar tax incentives for private and religious school spending.“While NYSAPE supports a parent’s choice of private education, one of the core values of our nation is separation of church and state,” slams Lisa Rudley, Westchester County public school parent and founding member of NYSAPE, in a statement. “Enabling public dollars to pay for private and religious education is an affront to New Yorkers and Americans. The education tax credit creates a back door for Cuomo’s wealthy backers to drive their privatization agenda, attempting to sneak a voucher system past a public that rejects their attempts to destabilize our public schools.“This scheme is an outrage and simply unacceptable,” she continues.Deutermann says the governor’s combative approach to teacher evaluations backfired and served as a catalyst for parents all across Long Island, strengthening their resolve to learn more about what is going on in their children’s classrooms.“Rarely will you have a parent who has taken the time to become informed—[and when they are,] rarely do they choose to have their children sit for the test,” she says.The total number of students opting out Tuesday, she believes, will support this.last_img read more

Long Island Reps Back Bill to End NSA Bulk Collection

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted overwhelmingly to reign in the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone data—a measure that received full support from Long Island’s Congressional delegation.All five of LI’s Representatives backed the so-called USA Freedom Act, including staunch NSA defender Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). Joining King was lone local congressional colleague from the same party, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), as well as Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).“It was the strongest NSA legislation that can pass the House,” King said in a statement. “Also, as a practical matter, the NSA should still be at least 90 percent as effective under the Freedom Act as it is under current law.”King has been steadfast in his support of the surveillance agency ever since the disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sparked debate over the program nearly two years ago.The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, where it enjoys considerably less support from a group of lawmakers unenthusiastic about stifling the NSA’s surveillance capabilities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky) does not appear eager to coalesce around his Republican colleagues in the House in order to successfully push the bill across the goal line in the Senate.The bill has the support of several civil liberties groups and the White House. But, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group that supports a free and open Internet, withdrew its support of the bill earlier this month following a momentous US Court of Appeals ruling that determined the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data was illegal.“It is clear that Congress must do more to reign in dragnet surveillance by the NSA,” the EFF said after the ruling. The EFF had originally expressed support for the USA Freedom Act, but even then said the bill lacked critical reforms.King’s vote may be the biggest surprise. He has been a harsh critic of the journalists—most notably Glenn Greenwald—who reported on the documents leaked by Snowden, even going as far as saying “legal action” should be taken against those who initially reported on the stolen documents.“No right is absolute and even the press has certain restrictions,” King told Fox News nearly two years ago.He also didn’t mince words when it came to Snowden, the former NSA contractor.“I think he’s either a defector or a traitor—I guess take your pick,” King told CNN during the height of the explosive NSA revelations. He added, “I think what he’s done has done incredible damage to our country.”In a statement to the Press, King said he strongly supports the NSA and “would have voted to reauthorize it without any changes.” Yet, King said he voted in favor of the bill because of its chances of getting through the House without significantly impacting the NSA’s ability to operate unhindered.Zeldin was more inclined to vote “yes” because of the balance the bill struck between national security and privacy.“This legislation will significantly scale back the NSA’s data recording program, further protecting our freedoms and civil liberties,” he said in a statement.Rice, in a statement, called the bill a “common sense” measure that maintains national security “without compromising the privacy of American citizens.”“Instead of doing nothing and just allowing these programs to expire at a time when we know terrorist organizations are actively working to communicate with people in America and inspire attacks on our soil, we passed a bill that strikes a fair balance, protecting people’s privacy rights while ensuring our intelligence community still has the tools they need to keep us safe,” she said. “That’s why it received such broad bipartisan support in the House and why it deserves the same in the Senate.”Both Meeks’ and Israel’s offices did not respond to requests for comment.In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that bulk collection under the NSA’s metadata program is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the controversial post-9/11 anti-terror law that gave intelligence agencies sweeping powers in the name of national security. Mounds of significant information can be gleaned from metadata, including the length of a phone call, phone number of its participants and in some instances, the precise origins of the phone calls. The court ruled that the program exceeded the scope of Congress’ authorization.The bill also includes reforms to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts, which civil liberties groups argue has essentially acted as a rubber stamp for intelligence agencies. The bill would create the position of a special privacy advocate that would argue privacy concerns to the court and whose office would be able to appeal disputed decisions.The Senate must act on the bill in the coming weeks because the provision of the Patriot Act, which authorized the controversial practice, Section 215, sunsets on June 1.last_img read more

Gareth Southgate says Jack Grealish and Declan Rice will flourish for England after switch from Republic of Ireland | Football News

first_imgValencia teenager Yunus Musah is one current example, with the talented 17-year-old preparing to link up with the United States senior team for their upcoming friendlies having been with the England Under-19 squad just lastmonth.“I know John (McDermott, assistant FA technical director) has spoken with the family and they know where we sit with it,” Southgate said.“But also we want to get that balance right of not just pushing him up the age groups quicker than we think is right because we’ve got other boys in the system as well, and we don’t want to promise things that we can’t fulfil.“It sounds as though he’s going to meet with America this time and experience that. That doesn’t rule him out of being with us moving forward.“So, we’ve just got to make sure that the boy and the family know that we think he’s a good player, that he’s on a good trajectory.“We’re monitoring him. He’s been with us in the last couple of months and we’d very much like his future to be with us.” Aston Villa skipper Grealish played for Ireland up to under-21s level and turned down a senior call-up in 2015, before committing to England later that year and eventually making his senior bow in September 2020.Rice did represent the Irish senior side on three occasions but those caps came in friendlies, allowing the West Ham midfielder to declare for the Three Lions in February 2019 and go on to win 11 caps.“In terms of Declan, well, we’ve got the same situation with Jack and the same situation with Michael Keane (who represented Ireland at youth level), really, so we’ll have to play somebody!” England boss Southgate said.- Advertisement – “But I think the three boys we have with us, they look as if they can have good international careers with us and we’re just focusing on that part of it, really.”Former boss Roy Hodgson and ex-Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth were key in persuading Grealish to join up with England, while Southgate played an important role in bringing Rice over.The Three Lions boss says it would be “arrogant” to assume that players would choose them in a time when so many within the system can represent one or more other countries. Gareth SouthgateImage:Gareth Southgate played a role in persuading Declan Rice to play for England “But I can’t think too much about that. We’re obviously playing in an empty stadium which makes things a little bit different but I understand the interest in these players.“We’ve got a lot of these situations. We played Wales last month and they had a couple of players who were with us as youngsters: Tyler Roberts and Ethan Ampadu. We didn’t want to lose them.“I think everybody is facing these challenges with dual nationality players and we’ve always got to get the balance right of not capping them too early, just to stop them going somewhere else – we want to be fair to them so they can have a career.- Advertisement – Gareth Southgate believes Jack Grealish and Declan Rice will have successful careers with England as the pair prepare to face the Republic of Ireland for the first time since switching sides.After New Zealand pulled out of a friendly on Thursday due to coronavirus-shaped travel complications, Ireland will instead be lining-up at Wembley ahead of the conclusion of the Nations League group phase.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Report: Favorable long-term prognosis for West Nile virus patients

first_img The longitudinal cohort study included 156 patients from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta who were diagnosed and treated for West Nile infections in ambulatory clinics between 2003 and 2007. Sixty-four (41%) of the patients had the neuroinvasive form of the disease, while 92 (59%) did not. To follow patients over the course of their illnesses, a research nurse regularly evaluated most patients during home visits; however, participants in Saskatchewan and Manitoba were evaluated in hospital clinics. Findings suggest that patients with West Nile infections return to normal physical function, mental function, mood, and energy level within about a year of symptom onset. “Our data provide evidence for a favorable long-term prognosis with respect to these outcomes in the average patient,” the authors write. Mark Loeb, MD, MSc, lead author of the study and professor of pathology and molecular medicine at Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University in Ontario, said in a press release from the school that his group’s study is the first to comprehensively explore the long-term effects of WNV in a large patient population. “We found that both physical and mental functions, as well as mood and fatigue, seemed to return to normal in about 1 year,” he said. The authors write that they expected the patients with neurologic symptoms would have more severe symptoms and longer episodes of depression and fatigue. However, the study revealed that these patients’ symptoms and recovery times were similar to those of patients without neuroinvasive disease. Loeb M, Hanna S, Nicolle L, et al. Prognosis after West Nile virus infection. Ann Intern Med 2008 Aug 19;149(4):232-41 [Abstract] Aug 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In the largest study so far on long-term outcomes for patients with West Nile virus (WNV) infections, Canadian researchers have found that prognosis is good, though recovery was slightly longer for those with neuroinvasive disease. Aug 16, 2006, CIDRAP News story “West Nile impairments can linger, study finds” See also: The study group concludes that their findings might help patients infected with WNV and their healthcare providers know what to expect about recovery and may also help doctors more clearly gauge the benefits of the interventions they prescribe.center_img In patients without the neuroinvasive form of the diseases, fatigue normalized within 4 months, which is consistent with the findings of a case series published in 2004, the group reported. The median length of follow-up was 203 days, and the number of assessments averaged 10. After 12 months, 136 (87%) patients had scored normal on physical or mental assessments at least once. Twenty-nine had both normal physical and mental function tests for 2 consecutive months. The study ended before data from 40 of the patients could be collected. Twenty-five patients stopped participating before the study ended. Five patients died during the study; all had neuroinvasive disease. Aug 18 American College of Physicians press release The researchers used established, standardized surveys to measure physical function, mental function, mood, and fatigue. The study also found that patients with preexisting health conditions at the time of infection returned to normal physical function more slowly than those who were in good health when they were struck by WNV. A lack of preexisting conditions and male sex were associated with a quicker return to normal mental function. The findings, published in yesterday’s issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, attempt to flesh out more about the duration of such symptoms as fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and motor impairments, because little is known about prognosis. One previous report, published in 2006, suggested that symptoms can linger several months after infection. Events unrelated to WNV infection could affect patient outcomes and could mean the study’s prognosistic findings are overly optimistic, the authors caution. Also, they say their study was not designed to evaluate neuropsychological difficulties, which one study and selected unpublished reports say can persist. More data are needed to assess that outcome, they note.last_img read more

New Sales Director at Valamar

first_imgAt the beginning of this year, more precisely on January 15, the position of Sales Director of Valamar Riviere was taken over by the current Head of the Group and MICE Sales Department for the North Region, David Manojlović from Vrsar.According to Valamar, David Manojlović started his career at Valamar Riviera nine years ago as an intern. His development path also included working in the positions of Group Sales Associate, Key Account and Filler Specialist, Leisure Sales Manager, Inhouse Sales Coordinator, Group and MICE Sales Manager and MICE Segment Development Project Manager. “I thank my superiors for their confidence in running one of the key sectors in our company. Since coming to Valamar, I have had the opportunity to grow and progress thanks to older colleagues – mentors and Valamar’s excellent system of competence development and training, as well as the Valamar Academy program.”, Said David Manojlovic.One of the key levers in the development of management is Valamar Riviera’s commitment to internal promotion, so the largest number of managers grew and developed within the company, just like David Manojlović. Valamar intensively promotes the culture of competence development for all key employees in the management, the number of which, given the investments and increasing business complexity, is growing from year to year.The sales sector at Valamar Riviera is part of the Sales and Marketing Division, and is divided into three key sales segments: allotment, groups and MICE, which is monitored by the organizational structure, ie teams with their leaders.last_img read more

Countries pledge $4.3bn in funding for child vaccines

first_imgBy Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC NewsMany developing countries cannot afford life-saving vaccines for childrenCountries have pledged an unprecedented $4.3bn (£2.6bn) to help vaccinate children against preventable diseases like pneumonia.The Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation says this funding milestone will save more than four million lives in the next four years.The donations exceeded expectations – GAVI asked for $3.7bn.The UK promised $1.3bn, and Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates said he would give $1bn to the campaign.Other donations announced at the London summit included $677m from Norway and $450m from the US.Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and The Netherlands also promised to contribute.The UK has already committed more than any other nation – £2bn over 30 years.The extra £814m comes on top of the UK’s existing commitment of £680m between 2011 and 2015.‘A promise’Prime Minister David Cameron said there was a “strong moral case” for keeping pledges Britain had made to the developing world, no matter the economic circumstances at home.“Today we come together because we have the chance to save another four million lives.”He said the idea of children dying from pneumonia and diarrhoea should be “unthinkable” in 2011.“To those who say fine but we should put off seeing through those promises to another day because right now we can’t afford to help: I say – we can’t afford to wait.”Two million under-fives die from pneumonia alone each year despite the existence of a vaccine to protect them.It is estimated that three times as many children aged under five die from pneumonia and diarrhoea than from malaria and HIV/Aids combined, despite new vaccines being available to help prevent such deaths. However, many developing countries cannot afford them.‘Make-or-break’Drugs company GlaxoSmithKline last week agreed to sell a vaccine for diarrhoeal disease at cost price to poorer nations, and some other firms have since made similar moves.GAVI has already rolled out a range of vaccines to children in 72 countries but the organisation says it needs the extra money to vaccinate even more children against pneumococcal disease and rotavirus.Resources will also be spent on trying to reach millions of the poorest children who are missing out on basic vaccines against diseases such as measles, whooping cough and tetanus.GAVI is a health partnership of governments, businesses, and bodies including the World Bank, Unicef and Mr Gates’ personal foundation.The philanthropist Mr Gates said: “I just want to thank everybody for this incredible milestone. Four hours is a long time but if you can save four million lives in four hours it’s well worth every minute.“For the first time in history, children in developing countries will receive the same vaccines against diarrhea and pneumonia as children in rich countries.”BBC News Share HealthLifestyle Countries pledge $4.3bn in funding for child vaccines by: – June 13, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img 9 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dominica’s prime minister wants compensation from US based economist for deformation of character

first_img Share Share LocalNews Dominica’s prime minister wants compensation from US based economist for deformation of character by: – November 22, 2011 Share Senior Counsel Anthony AstaphanAttorneys representing the prime minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, have written to United States based economist Dr. Thompson Fountain to compensate their client $250,000 for defamation of character.They claim in their letter that Dr Fountain has caused damage and distress to the prime minister by allegations that he has been involved in the sale of passports and caused a notorious terrorist to be in possession of a Dominican passport.Senior Council Anthony Astaphan says Dr. Fountain should not repeat these allegations and is also calling for a retraction and an apology within fourteen (14) days.“The critical reason why the prime minister has decided to take legal action is because he believes these attacks on him are an attack on the integrity of Dominica and the national security of Dominica. The allegations that somehow the prime minister has been selling and distributing and giving passports to notorious criminals in violation of procedure for due diligence is not going to be tolerated,” he said.According to Astaphan, “enough is enough. The prime minister will not tolerate Thompson Fountain seeking to destroy his reputation and the reputation of the country and integrity of the Dominican passport by an un-sustained pack of lies and misinformation about him or in relation to him, or the way in which his government handled the economic citizenship program”.He is also defending the demands made to Thompson Fountain before the matter goes to Court.“In any matter relating to defamation you must make a demand and if the demand is not met then you are going to be sued. It is improper to pick up one day and sue somebody without giving them the opportunity to apologize and pay damages. This is precisely what the prime minister had done,” he explained.He said further that there are a number of judgments that has come out in St Lucia for allegations that are far less than what has been uttered in this case.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 13 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Clay County Fair Speedway moves to Sunday night racing

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – The tradition of IMCA racing will continue this summer with Sunday night ac­tion at the Clay County Fair Speedway.Ten dates are on the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing weekly schedule this summer. Spe­cial events will include two fair dates, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Stock Car specials, and a stop by the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds in August.Sunday June 4 will kick off the speedway’s third full season, which will run weekly through Aug. 13. Sprinkled in will be two Tuesday night dates as well as the Monday, Aug. 7 Hawkeye Dirt Tour event.“We’re really excited about our move to Sunday racing here at the fairgrounds,” said Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “We’ll be one of the few tracks running on Sunday nights in the area, which should make for great racing for the drivers and fans alike.”Adult general admission for regular season races will be $12; youth ages 12 and under are admit­ted free. Pit passes for regular season races are $25. Hot laps for Sunday will start at 5:30 p.m. sharp with racing to follow.Rod Olson will take over the race director position this season with the retirement of Joe Ringsdorf. Olson has been active in the racing industry as a driver, promoter and IMCA tech offi­cial in the Northwest Iowa area for more than 20 years and currently promotes at two other area tracks. He brings with him fresh ideas that should excite both fans and drivers this season.For a detailed schedule of events visit Follow @ClayCountyFair on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook by visiting to learn more information about the 2017 racing season at the Clay County Fair Speedway as it be­comes available.ABOUT CLAY COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAYThe reconstructed 3/8-mile clay track on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer known as the Clay County Fair Speedway made its debut in 2007. The track offers increased corner banking to adjust for the higher speeds of auto racing and a state-of-the-art lighting system to make the races more visible for both drivers and fans.last_img read more