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Berkman Center & Harvard GHI Host Conference on Access to Medicines & Innovation

first_img Read Full Story On June 13th, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society will bring together more than sixty leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, foundations, civil society, academia, and government for a conference to develop actionable solutions for increasing access to medicines and promoting innovation to help the world’s poor.Despite recent advances in medicine, poor communities around the world continue to suffer disproportionately from communicable diseases. In addition to other public health challenges, drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines are often unavailable, or are sold at prices that are out of reach for the world’s poorest people. The discussions will highlight best practices that can be scaled up or replicated in sustainable ways that will improve life outcomes for the poor and encourage innovation.Under discussion will be preliminary recommendations developed by Global Access in Action (GAIA), an initiative of the Berkman Center that seeks to develop pragmatic solutions to improve access to medicines and promote innovation. GAIA’s draft recommendations highlight intra-country differential pricing, humanitarian licensing, and improved research collaboration as strategies worthy of consideration for scale-up and replication. At the conference, participants will discuss their experimentation with these strategies, exploring the circumstances under which they could be adopted more broadly.last_img read more

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B’way Grosses: Beautiful Celebrates One Fine Labor Day Weekend

first_img Beautiful: The Carole King Musical View Comments The holiday weekend brought a box office uptick to a handful of shows, including one making the earth move at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrated a gross back above $1 million, and at 99.68%, returned to the top five shows by capacity. The Broadway goliath Hamilton also took advantage of the end-of-summer crowds and brought in its largest revenue. Though some shows —including Aladdin and The Lion King—faced a small dip, which isn’t unusual for this particular holiday weekend, they still comprised the top five grossing shows, joining fellow usual suspects Wicked and The Book of Mormon. As for the coming weeks, expect grosses across the board to drop for some time, as is the norm post-Labor Day before incoming fall shows pick up steam.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 6:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,741,459)2. Hamilton ($1,697,070)3. Wicked ($1,560,536)4. Aladdin ($1,530,035)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,508,403)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Chicago ($543,224)4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ($513,960)3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($446,951)*2. Amazing Grace ($275,044)1. Hand to God ($251,589)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.50%)2. Hamilton (101.31%)3. The Lion King (100.04%)4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (99.68%)5. Fun Home (97.58%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Something Rotten! (73.94%)4. The Phantom of the Opera (71.90%)3. Jersey Boys (64.90%)2. Hand to God (60.02%)1. Amazing Grace (51.77%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

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Syracuse basketball recruiting: South Kent head coach speaks highly of Matthew Moyer

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Class of 2016 Syracuse commit Matthew Moyer will transfer from Lincoln (Ohio) High School to play his senior year at South Kent (Connecticut) School, and his new head coach had some high praise.“Matthew is a versatile player that is a match-up nightmare for defenders,” South Kent head coach Kelvin Jefferson said in an email. “He can go inside or out and be equally affective.”Moyer is the lone verbal commit in SU’s Class of 2016 and stands at 6 feet 8 inches and weighs 215 pounds, according to Scout.com. He was invited to the NBPA Top 100 camp, he announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon and is ranked the No. 58 prospect in his class by ESPN.And while Moyer possesses length that will help the Orange inside, Jefferson also highlighted his versatility on the court and accolades off it.“His length and athleticism enable him to be a high-level rebounder but he can also hit the 3 or lead the break,” Jefferson said. “On top of all of that he is a great kid from a great family. A national honor student who happens to be an elite player. I am looking forward to coaching him.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Troubled Gabon says ready to host Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgBongo swears in after contested election results that are threatening to mar the AFCON. PHOTO AFPFans of Group D, which comprises Egypt, Ghana, Uganda and Mali, will have to travel by boat or plane to the centre of the country’s oil and timber industries.Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Gabon insists it is ready to host the African Cup of Nations despite concern about the state of preparations amid political instability just one month ahead of the opening ceremony.The CAN is due to run from January 14 to February 5 next year but was thrown into doubt after violence broke out following President Ali Bongo’s controversial re-election in August.Call for Africa’s showcase football tournament to be moved to a different country were heard following rioting after the vote whose outcome is still contested.Four cities will host the tournament and unrest was reported in at least two of them including Oyem, the northern city close to Cameroon, where delays in work on the football stadium are causing problems.In September, Sports Minister Nicole Assele expressed her “concerns” when visiting the new stadium where the group made up of African champions Ivory Coast, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo will play.Assele was left in doubt over the “finishing of the changing rooms, the lifts and the exterior of the stadium”, while Gabon daily newspaper L’Union, which covered her visit, reported that the stadium had yet to be connected to electricity and running potable water.The newspaper published a photo on Monday showing the stadium’s patchy grass covering, with a caption saying: “Given the holes in certain parts, there’s still work to be done to make it a quality pitch.”Groundsman Jean-Daniel Ndong Nze, a former professional player, explained that his team were adding sand to reinforce and level out the pitch.Another group made up of Algeria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Senegal will be based in Franceville, where minister Assele said the stadium is well prepared and “ready for kick-off.”Also in Libreville, the Amitie stadium should be operational for the two opening day matches (Gabon-Guinea Bissau, Cameroon-Burkina Faso) on January 14.However the fourth host city, Gabon’s main seaport, Port-Gentil, presents logistical and other challenges for the organisers because it is an island with no bridge connecting it to the mainland. That means fans of Group D, which comprises Egypt, Ghana, Uganda and Mali, will have to travel by boat or plane to the centre of the country’s oil and timber industries.The new 20,000-capacity stadium has just been completed and the pitch is set to be tested in a match on January 5, only 12 days before Ghana take on Uganda and Egypt face Mali there.The mayor has deployed road and gutter cleaning crews in a city where hundreds of workers in the oil industry have been laid off and where post-election violence erupted in September.Port-Gentil represents a reliable political barometer of Gabon, where Bongo’s reelection has been rejected by opposition leader Jean Ping, who claims the president’s victory on August 27 was obtained through vote fraud.Four days later, violent, deadly clashes erupted as demonstrators set parliament ablaze and clashed with police, who made a thousand arrests.“The African Cup of Nations will change nothing in our daily life,” moaned 37-year-old Jean-Yves, a mechanic who’s been unemployed for three years.“The crisis is still ongoing. The tournament will not feed those who are hungry. The millions spent on the stadium could have been used to finance projects.”Two political activists have called for the ‘boycott and sabotage’ of CAN if it is not moved from Gabon “to a more stable country”.“The four host cities, Libreville, Franceville, Port-Gentil and Oyem have experienced the largest backlash against the rigged declaration of Ali Bongo Odimba as president,” the activists, Marc Ona Essangui, of Gabon, and Frenchman Laurent Duarte, claimed in their public letter to African Football Confederation (CAF) boss Issa Hayatou.“The bloody repression of the population and the current instability in the country means the continent’s major sporting event must be moved to another country.”Last month CAF said it had no plans to switch the event from Gabon, named hosts after Libya were stripped of its right in the wake of violence and instability breaking out in the north African country following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Ramsey first back at Juve training, Ronaldo in quarantine

first_img“It would be surreal for a sports minister to demonise football,” he said.“The majority of Italians do not welcome the resumption of the championship.“But I’m not looking at polls at the moment. Football is an important world in this country, I know it well compared to those who want to give a different message.“I hope to start again, but the government will decide. We will rely on scientific elements, which are not available today.“There is no opposition of mine, but the desire to evaluate the restart only if the health of the people within the team group is safeguarded.“If the government is forced, I hope not, to establish that there are no conditions (to resume), my effort will be twofold — limit the financial damage to clubs and support the whole world of sport.“Between ordinary and extraordinary resources, we will invest about one billion euros for the sector as a whole.”Share on: WhatsApp Aaron RamseyMilan, Italy | AFP | Welsh international Aaron Ramsey was the first Juventus player to return to individual training at the team’s sports centre in Turin on Tuesday as Cristiano Ronaldo began two weeks’ quarantine after returning to Italy.Ronaldo flew back to northern Italy by private jet on Monday night after almost two months in coronavirus lockdown in his native Portugal.Midfielder Ramsey joined Juventus this season after 11 years with Arsenal, and scored his fourth goal in their last game against Inter Milan behind closed doors before the championship was suspended on March 10.Champions Juventus are leading Serie A, one point ahead of Lazio, as they target a ninth consecutive Scudetto.Captain Giorgio Chiellini followed shortly after Ramsey, with fellow Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, wearing a black face mask, arriving later in the afternoon.Italy’s interior ministry has given the go-ahead for players to return to club training facilities two weeks ahead of schedule, offering a glimmer of hope that the 2019-20 season might yet be saved.But sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora warned that training in groups must wait until May 18, and it remains uncertain whether matches can restart as the country battles a pandemic which has killed over 29,000.“A realistic prediction can be made in mid-May,” Spadafora said in an interview with Corriere della Sera on Tuesday, denying that he wanted to call a halt to the season.last_img read more

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Lacey Rotary Offers Educational Needs Grants

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Rotary Club of LaceyLocal non-profit groups are encouraged to apply for an Educational Needs Grant (up to $1,000 each) for the 2015-16 year through the Rotary Club of Lacey. The funds are designated to promote education needs in the community and meet one-time needs (not to be part of a non-profit’s regular budget). Specific requests are encouraged! Please send a one-page letter of request with the following information about your need:Information about your organization, including EIN or nonprofit number,Specific amount requested, andSpecific need.The grant does not give endowments, capital funds, fundraisers or individuals (student trips, etc.). Direct needs only.Send requests by May 31 to Lacey Rotary, Education Needs Committee Chair, PO Box 3301, Lacey WA 98503.last_img read more

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Wesleyan Café Opens Door To The Silver Set

first_imgOn any given Wednesday those who venture to the Woman’s Club could have the chance to take dance lessons, get some exercise, get a manicure, learn ceramics, do a little adult coloring, or just play a game of chess or cards and share a light breakfast or lunch. They are welcome to simply while away a Wednesday morning and early afternoon with some company and chit-chat.During previous sessions there were a technology education program, TED talks and a creative writing exercise. Each week there is a nurse, courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey, who can take blood pressure and answer medical and medication questions. “Any questions our guests have we try to answer,” said Karen Diamond, the nurse on hand on Aug. 3.The program is to promote living and learning for older adults and most of the services and classes are either at no cost or a nominal fee, according to Wesleyan representatives.“I like to mingle with the people, have a conversation,” said Anne Burns, a 94-year old resident of the Wesleyan Arms.“I like it here. I like the people,” offered Melba Blessing in a confidential tone. Blessing is 81 and moved into the Wesleyan just two years ago. Her eyesight isn’t what it used to be and she doesn’t go in much for the dance lessons or yoga, she acknowledged, but “Everyone is very nice.”Joslyn Birch, 70, a Red Bank resident said he was here specifically for the yoga, to work out a little stiffness.Birch was playing a little poker – for fun, no gambling – with Wesleyan resident Liz Abran, 88, who was teaching him a few fast moves to improve his game. “We have some fun,” Birch said. “The best part,” Abran explained, “meeting with other people,” who may not live at the Wesleyan.That and the dancing, with Abran saying she was able to brush up on the cha-cha and the rhumba. “That was a lot of fun.”About 11.3 million Americans over the age of 65 – about 30 percent of the senior population – live alone and this program provides an opportunity for socialization.“What’s nice is people can come and go,” participate in the activities they want skip others, observed Robbie Voloshin, marketing director for United Methodist Communities.United Methodist Communities, a not-for-profit, has 10 senior residential facilities. All of the facilities offer a similar program, according to Voloshin. RED BANK – For the “Greatest Generation,” how about a little yoga, maybe drawing/painting lessons? Did you ever want to learn how calligraphy is done? Or, why not just some relaxation and conversation over a cup of coffee. Why not?United Methodist Communities at the Wesleyan, a senior housing facility, this summer has begun offering those activities and more at its “senior café” at the Red Bank Woman’s Club, 164 Broad St.The Wesleyan is offering a revolving selection of activities to its residents and the older public at large on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a relaxed environment.“It really is quite fun, it really is,” said Mary Patichio, social services coordinator at the Wesleyan.Last fall the Wesleyan (formerly the Wesleyan Arms), 9 Wall St., opened its Wesleyan Café, providing a variety of activities for its residents. To meet the demand and give seniors in the surrounding area the opportunity to participate, the facility’s representatives decided to move the café to the club, in the historic former Reckless Estate.last_img read more

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Who Knows the Age of Grand Canyon?

first_img“In spite of over a century of work on the Grand Canyon, there are still fundamental questions about the age of the canyon and the processes that have formed it.”  Thus begins a paper in the November GSA Bulletin of the Geological Society of America.1  To re-evaluate the date of Grand Canyon, a team dated lavas comparing argon-40 and argon-39, examined fault lines, and modeled rates of downcutting by the river.  Their result?  The canyon is half as old as previously thought: from 1.2 million years maximum, to probably less than 723,000 years – maybe even as little as 102,000 years.    This represents another step in a long trend of falling ages for the world’s most famous canyon.  John Wesley Powell thought the canyon was 70 million years old – a date that stuck for nearly a century (source: RAE.org).  In more recent decades, 5 million years was the consensus figure.  Now it’s getting down into the hundreds of thousands (07/22/2002), with no end in sight.  Textbooks can’t keep up with the scientists, though.  This website for Utah fifth graders, for instance, nonchalantly tells the kids the canyon is 10 million years old.    Meanwhile, creationists have long argued that the canyon is very young.  Their most popular model has a large lake upstream breaching its dam and carving the entire canyon within days or weeks.  Remarkably, some secular geologists are warming up to that idea, supplying their own variations on the dam-breach theme but putting the event farther back in time (09/30/2000, 05/31/2002, 07/22/2002, 09/16/2005).  Who knows; maybe tradition makes it hard to give up those millions of years.1.  Karlstrom et al, “40Ar/39Ar and field studies of Quaternary basalts in Grand Canyon and model for carving Grand Canyon: Quantifying the interaction of river incision and normal faulting across the western edge of the Colorado Plateau,” GSA Bulletin, Volume 119, Issue 11 (November 2007), pp. 1283-1312.Our commentary is based on analysis of this paper by a field geologist with over 28 years’ experience in the oil, gas and mining industries, who has also given presentations about the Colorado Plateau.    The authors of this paper cherry-picked their data.  They only used 26 of 63 radiometric dating tests – that is tossing out 60% of the data.  How can we trust their results?  Even then, the spread in resulting ages is huge, but they never questioned the validity of their dating method.    In addition, there is a large discrepancy between the dates of lavas on the Uinkaret Plateau (3.4 to 3.7 million years) and those of intracanyon flows (100,000 to 700,000 years), but they assumed that their results are immune from the flaws of earlier attempts.  Regardless, they had to admit that radioactive dating of basalt is very difficult, particularly in Grand Canyon.  They also acknowledged large discrepancies between radioactive dates and those determined by stratigraphic position: in one case, they were off by more than two standard deviations.  The way out was to use a method of “recalculating errors to better reflect scatter of the dates beyond analytical error.”  Some stratigraphic dates agreed with the radiometric dates, but the above discrepancy stuck out like a sore thumb.  What did they do?  Ignore it!    The incision rates (downcutting of the river) they modeled would require 10 to 12 million years to carve the canyon – much older than the date they got from radiometric methods.  They tried to correlate incision rate with faulting rate, but those are two processes that have nothing to do with each other; to get disparate pieces of the puzzle together, they allowed incision rates to vary by nearly 1000%.  When needed, they added some ad hoc forces to keep things in sync: raising the whole Colorado Plateau by a “buoyant low-velocity mantle upwelling.”    In short, our geologist concluded, “RA [radioactive] dating can give any date you would like, depending on where you sample and what method you use.  Because the evolutionists’ assumptions are wrong they are asking the wrong questions, using the wrong methods, and generating wrong interpretations.  What a waste of time and effort.”  (See 09/19/2007).    Scouring through the jargon and numbers in this technical paper, it is apparent that these geologists were trying to piece together a lot of uncooperative data into some kind of patchwork that gave them a human sense of accomplishment.  Undoubtedly the team felt gratified for getting a paper published by their peers in the Geological Society of America.  Whether their claims have any necessary correlation with what actually happened at Grand Canyon is an entirely different question.  Here, it is publish and perish – perish the thought that their assumptions might be totally off kilter.  See 11/05/2003, 11/04/2003.Opportunity:  Want to see evidence for a young canyon with your own eyes?  Join us for the Memorial Day 2008 3-day rafting trip in Grand Canyon! (see sample picture).  Click here for details on this fun-filled, educational vacation package.  Don’t hesitate – the trip is expected to fill by January 2008 or before.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cape Town launches meat-free day

first_imgCutting down on red meat is good not onlyfor arteries, but also the planet, ascommercial farming is a major causeof greenhouse gas emissions.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tozie ZokufaAnimal Voice+27 21 852 8160Janine ErasmusThe City of Cape Town has launched a campaign to encourage people to eat less meat – at least once a week – for the sake of the environment and the welfare of humans and farm animals.Cape Town executive mayor Dan Plato made the official announcement at the end of July 2010.The Meat-free Day initiative puts Cape Town at the forefront of other African cities in this regard, as it is the first on the continent to officially throw its weight behind the cause. There is only a handful of other cities in the world that have taken the step, among them Ghent in Belgium.Capetonians are asked to put aside their carnivorous tastes for at least one day every week, which can be of their own choosing. On this day they’ll eat only vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains and other non-meat foods such as soya and eggs.Cape Town was recently named as South Africa’s unhealthiest major city, with the highest numbers of heavy drinkers, smokers and overweight people, as well as the lowest level of physical activity.According to a survey released earlier in 2010 by wellness and financial services company Discovery Holdings, Johannesburg is the country’s healthiest city. Discovery Vitality, working with the Sport Science Institute of South Africa, conducted the research.Despite these motivating factors, however, South Africans’ well-known love of red meat, especially on the braai, or barbeque, may pose an initial stumbling block.Meat-free Day is backed by the city’s Health Portfolio Committee, the members of which were unanimous in their support.Committee chair James Vos said they would leave it up to residents to choose the most convenient day to go meat-free. “”We need people to eat more healthily and then there are also environmental benefits.”Harming the planetThe UK-based Compassion in World Farming organisation is driving the campaign. According to the organisation, the sheer scale of modern factory farming is causing untold harm not only to people and animals, but to the planet too.Not only is the industry responsible for an estimated 18% of carbon dioxide emissions – more than all the cars in the world – but cultivation of the vast amounts of animal feed needed to sustain it results in deforestation and pollution, and excessive use of precious water. About a third of the global grain harvest is allocated to animal feed.The organisation argues that keeping less livestock will free up land for crops, which in turn will mean more food for those who currently struggle to get enough. The UN has said that a billion people go hungry every day.Small-scale farmers won’t have to compete with the large farming concerns. Also, human health will benefit from a diet richer in vegetables than in meat.About 18 000 unnecessary deaths could be prevented each year, said the British government’s chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson in March 2010, just by eating 30% less red meat.Helping animalsCompassion’s local representative Tozie Zokufa, a former meat-hygiene specialist and now deputy editor of the organisation’s magazine Animal Voice, said that animals on commercial farms often live in miserable conditions.“I believe that factory farming, whereby thousands of animals are crammed into spaces where they can hardly move, and die without ever having seen the sun, the soil or a blade of grass, is unethical and unAfrican,” he said at the campaign’s launch.Zokufa spoke from experience, with some nine years’ of experience working in abattoirs and on farms around the country before joining Compassion in World Farming on his résumé.“This is a triumph,” he said. “We started negotiating with the City Health Committee last December. Their decision yesterday to work with us on this issue is not only a triumph for human health, but also for the planet and animal welfare too.”If people choose to eat less meat, he added, the saving could be used to buy free-range meat, which is considered a healthier and more humane [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 021 852 8160last_img read more

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first_imgMinister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies will tomorrow announce the winners of the 4th Annual South African Premier Business Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.The annual South African Premier Business Awards are a key feature on the Department of Trade and Industry’s calendar and celebrate national corporate excellence and success.Minister Davies, reflecting on the significance of these Awards, said that “Strong South African corporates contribute to the profile of the country as a competitive business destination.  South Africa is also able to provide goods and services to the global marketplace in efficiently and competitively.  We must acknowledge and celebrate the role of business in contributing to national socio-economic objectives and this is what the annual South African Premier Business Awards achieve.”The Awards will be jointly hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.  Tsogo Sun, Old Mutual and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are sponsors to the Awards.One hundred and eighty (180) entries were received in the following categories: Black Industrialists Award, Enterprise Development Support Award, Exporter Award, Investor of the Year Award, Manufacturer Award, Play Your Part Award, Proudly South African Member Award, SMME Award, Women-Owned Business Award and Young Entrepreneur Award.Media are invited to RSVP to attend the Awards which will be taking place as follows:Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016Time: 18:00Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, JohannesburgTo RSVP call Mamosa Dikeledi on (012) 394 1680/076 023 4170 or email [email protected] OR call Tsabeng Nthite on 011 712 5000/076 371 6810 or email [email protected]:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

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