Slade targets win over QPR to apply pressure on Sheffield Wednesday

first_imgCardiff boss Russell Slade believes his side have “a mountain to climb” to reach the Championship play-offs after their defeat by Fulham.Emerson Hyndman’s injury-time goal gave the Whites all three points, and meant Cardiff were unable to take advantage of Sheffield Wednesday’s surprise 4-1 humbling by Bristol City.Cardiff travel to Hillsborough on 30 April and Slade is keen to beat QPR next weekend to ensure the five-point gap does not increase.He said: “We’ve got a little bit of a mountain to climb, no doubt about that, but it’s certainly not impossible.“We will keep going. All we can control is what’s in front of us and next week it’s QPR – let’s see what the situation is after that game.“[We will] try and get a win next week and take some confidence into the Sheffield Wednesday game. We want it to be a huge game.”Slade felt his side deserved a draw from their trip to Craven Cottage but defended his decision to throw on an extra striker at 1-1.He said: “We took a few risks late on because we wanted to get the three points.“But when you do that you leave yourself open a little bit and they’ve scored as a result of a corner, where we’ve not defended well enough.”See also:Hyndman’s injury-time strike edges Fulham near safetyJokanovic hails Fulham hero HyndmanFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers rally around coach’s plea for Camp Fire relief funds

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A stream of 49ers players rushed Friday to both request and provide relief for the Camp Fire victims in Paradise, the hometown of their assistant strength coach Shane Wallen.“He took my extra bed and drove it up to his dad last night, because his dad’s house burned down,” tight end George Kittle said. “He left at the drop of a hat, so you can tell how much his family and his town mean to him.”“This place was home for me growing up, and until yesterday, it’s where my dad called …last_img read more

Vaccines for a healthier Africa

first_imgMass immunisation campaigns in Kenyahave helped to halve measles deaths insub-Saharan Africa since 1999.(Image: Unicef)Janine ErasmusThe Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) at the University of Cape Town has launched Vaccines for Africa, an immunisation advocacy programme. The programme’s mission is to work towards a continent free of vaccine-preventable bacterial and viral diseases such as tuberculosis, meningitis, pneumonia, and diarrhoeal disease caused by the rotavirus.The initiative is the brainchild of Professor Gregory Hussey, director of the IIDMM as well as the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (Satvi). Renowned paediatric infectious diseases specialist Hussey also serves on the World Health Organisation’s global advisory committee on vaccine safety.Hussey is firmly of the opinion that immunisation, with both new and established vaccines, is the key to beating highly communicable and deadly diseases in Africa. He maintains that Vaccines for Africa’s (Vacfa) vision will be more efficiently realised through a co-ordinated effort across the continent, with a focus on greater access to information.“Africa lags behind other continents in the uptake of life-saving vaccines,” writes Hussey on the Satvi website, “even though vaccine-preventable diseases are causing avoidable deaths in Africa.”Vacfa also works to advance the United Nations’ fourth Millennium Development Goal, which stipulates a two-thirds reduction of mortality in children under five by 2015.Driving forceWith the support of a number of individual and corporate partners, the Vacfa website went live at the end of March 2009. It aims to be a driving force behind vaccination awareness, fostering a lively exchange of current, accurate, and empirical information applicable to Africa.The site provides comprehensive information for health professionals, researchers, policymakers, parents and the public at large regarding immunisation practice and vaccine development.Health practitioners can furnish themselves with the latest developments regarding vaccine-preventable diseases and their corresponding vaccines. Parents can read about common childhood diseases, their causes and symptoms, treatment, and prevention by immunisation.The site also provides links to relevant organisations and vaccine initiatives, pharmaceutical companies, and published scientific papers. Finally, there is a discussion forum for the sharing of ideas.Good information practiceThe Vacfa website is currently under evaluation for good information practice by the World Health Organisation, which demands compliance in four categories, namely credibility, content, accessibility and design. Websites that meet the standard are admitted to the Vaccine Safety Net, a network of sites providing information on vaccine safety.According to the world health body, inaccurate and unbalanced information can lead to unwarranted fear among the public, and the unnecessary proliferation of rumours. This is especially dangerous in the health sector, as lives may be at stake.Preventing child deathsVacfa’s site is initially focusing on the rotavirus, which causes serious diarrhoea and dehydration in children around the world and is responsible for the deaths of over 500 African children every day. It is so widespread that every child on earth will have contracted a rotavirus infection before the age of five, says the World Health Organisation.The virus is transmitted mainly through close contact, but can also spread through contaminated water or food sources and possibly via the air, as it has been found in the respiratory tracts of infected children. Outbreaks in facilities harbouring vulnerable patients, such as daycare centres and nursing homes, are common.The good news is that rotavirus is almost completely preventable with the orally-administered vaccine, which is estimated to be up to 98% effective against severe rotavirus disease.According to Hussey, the choice of rotavirus was based on the fact that many African countries now include the rotavirus vaccine and others such as hepatitis B in their national expanded programme on immunisation. This is a schedule set out by the World Health Organisation for vaccination against common infectious diseases such as measles, polio, whooping cough, diphtheria and tuberculosis.The United Nations Children’s Fund reports that the programme has been a resounding success. At least 20-million lives have been saved in the past 20 years, and nearly 80% of the world’s children now receive the life-saving vaccines. However, there are still 27-million children who do not have access to routine vaccination.Expert advisersAn advisory board of immunisation and vaccine experts from across Africa will share their combined expertise and knowledge on the Vacfa site, and will also guide its development and expansion.The board is made up of 12 members from nine sub-Saharan countries. All are experts in their respective vaccine-related fields and are drawn from the academic and research community as well as medical practice. Three hail from South Africa, two from Uganda, and one each from Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Malawi, Ethiopia, Gambia, Senegal, and Ghana.Together they represent the interests of millions of Africans, especially children, who still succumb every year to diseases that are easily preventable.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at articlesTB vaccine in SA clinical trial“The end of meningitis in Africa”Booster for child health in SAUseful linksVaccines for AfricaSouth African Vaccine Tuberculosis Vaccine InitiativeInstitute of Infectious Disease and Molecular MedicineWorld Health Organisation – vaccinesDepartment of HealthRotavirus vaccine programmelast_img read more

PDP and BJP: A Bollywood style break-up, says Omar Abdullah

first_imgNational Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday termed the break-up of the PDP-BJP alliance “a brilliant fixed match” , saying the two parties “crafted their divorce and scripted it to perfection after taking their cue from Bollywood.“The PDP & BJP have been watching Bollywood movies for political strategy. This is how they have crafted their ‘divorce’ Brilliant fixed match, scripted to perfection except the audience aren’t fools & neither are the rest of us, Mr. Abdullah wrote on Twitter as he shared a clip from the 1977 political satire movie Kissa Kursi Ka.The former Chief Minister called for immediate dissolution of the Assembly, saying keeping it in suspended animation encourages ‘dalals’ (brokers).“Then why not dissolve the assembly? If @rammadhavbjp is true to his word that there is no question of horse trading & clearly no new alliances are being formed then the assembly should be dissolved. Keeping it suspended has encouraged dalals,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.He was responding to BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav’s reported comments that there was no question of horse-trading.last_img read more

Kalpana Dash, Odisha’s first woman mountaineer, dead

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday condoled the demise of Kalpana Dash, Odisha’s first woman mountaineer, saying it would inspire generations of young women in the State.Kalpana (50) died after scaling the Mount Everest on Thursday. She had complained breathlessness while descending from the Everest peak. She died near Balcony area.Kalpana had left for Everest on April 23. She along with Kanchimaya Tamang of Nepal and Liamu Mank of China had conquered the Mt. Everest. Her family members were informed about her death through Whatsapp message. The body of the mountaineer was still in the balcony area. Relatives of Kalpana would travel to Nepal to receive her body.The woman mountaineer from Odisha had first scaled Mt Everest in 2008. During her decade and half-old career, she had trekked many mountains conquering peaks in Europe, America and Australia, besides India.“I am saddened to learn about the demise of Kalpana Dash while descending from Mt. Everest. Her legacy in mountaineering will inspire generations of young women in the State,” said Mr Patnaik expressing condolences to the bereaved family.last_img read more

Ceres poised to go deep

first_imgKarl Yulo scoops up five gymnastics golds; Buhayan is fastest man SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next YANGON—Ceres-Negros star Stephan Schrock feels his club is poised for a deeper run in the AFC Cup after the Busmen punched their ticket to the KO stage with a game to spare.Armed with more experience from previous campaigns, the Busmen qualified as the top team in Group G, which was considered as the toughest group in the Asean zone.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew But Schrock has noticed more positive changes in the way the team has played this year after losing in the Asean zonal final last year to Home United of Singapore.“I think we’re more composed in the way we play,” said Schrock. “It’s more on picking and choosing what to do with the situations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt will mark the fourth straight season that Ceres will appear in the knockout phase of the competition—a historic feat for a Philippine club.“It shows how well the club is organized and is functioning. All of us can be very proud,” said Schrock. View commentslast_img read more

JSIF to Continue Project to Improve Communities

first_imgThe Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will continue implementation of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF9) project this year with a $360.3-million allocation from the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.The engagement, which runs from October 2017 to December 2020, aims to facilitate improved access to quality education, water and sanitation; basic community access and drainage; livelihood enhancement and human resource development services in low-income and vulnerable communities.This will be done through 26 rural subprojects incorporating the installation of water supply systems, rehabilitation of farm roads, upgrading of rural primary schools, and supporting agriculture and tourism enterprises.It is anticipated that the formulation and design of all 26 subprojects will be completed during 2018/19 to enable the commencement of work on at least 12.The Government of Jamaica and Caribbean Development Bank are co-funding the project.last_img read more