Experts outline initiatives for future dengue vaccine and control of dengue fever

first_imgHealthLifestyle Experts outline initiatives for future dengue vaccine and control of dengue fever by: – November 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Image via: topnews.inSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Dengue v2V, a group of international experts in dengue, public health and vaccinology, held a meeting in Puerto Rico on 5–6 November 2011 to continue to outline steps for the introduction of a dengue vaccine once licensed. Dengue is a threat to almost half of the world’s population, and a public health priority in Latin America and Asia where epidemics are common.“Puerto Rico was a relevant venue for this meeting given its location and experience with both endemic and epidemic dengue activity,” said Dr Harold Margolis, Chief of the Dengue Branch at the Centers for Disease Control, Puerto Rico and co-chair of the meeting. “In addition to mosquito control measures, a dengue vaccine is seen as the best way to effectively control dengue.” “The well coordinated introduction of a dengue vaccine will be crucial to reducing the burden of disease, but vaccination programs are complex to implement and dengue itself presents unique challenges. It is critical that we anticipate the challenges ahead of us and start preparing now,” said Associate Professor Joseph Torresi, Austin Health and University of Melbourne, Australia, and co-chair of the meeting.Attendees at the meeting included dengue experts, vaccinology experts, and public health officials from Puerto Rico, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, the French Caribbean, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States, who drew on their experiences with dengue and other vaccination programs to propose strategies for dengue vaccine introduction and evaluation of its effectiveness. Encouragingly, the most advanced vaccine candidate is in the final stages of clinical development.The meeting in Puerto Rico is part of the ongoing efforts of Dengue v2V to ensure that a dengue vaccine, once licensed, is readily available to those who need it most. The objectives of Dengue v2V include:• Documenting the human and economic burden of dengue• Providing guidance regarding vaccine adoption strategies based on clinical, epidemiological and other technical data• Making recommendations regarding the introduction of a dengue vaccine for routine and catch-up immunization The Puerto Rico meeting follows a regional meeting in Singapore in 2010 which focused on the introduction of a dengue vaccine into national immunisation programs in the Asia–Pacific region.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share 17 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling ‘assault’ style weapons

first_imgBatesville, In. — The management of Dick’s Sporting Goods has elected to change its policy regarding the sale of some weapons. The full statement is included.last_img

Player performance may suffer behind closed doors, Berbatov says

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov fears the performance of some players could suffer in the absence of spectators and a normal atmosphere at stadiums.A number of football leagues around the globe will resume after the COVID-19 stoppage in the coming weeks, but the matches will be played without fans. The German Bundesliga season will restart on May 16 after a suspension of more than two months, and championships in South Korea and Faroe Islands are resuming this weekend.“Playing behind closed doors isn’t going to be the same and everybody knows that,” Berbatov said.The 39-year-old Bulgarian, his country’s all-time leading goalscorer with 48 goals, also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in the English top flight.He also featured for German club Bayer Leverkusen and AS Monaco in France.“It will be quiet and you will be able to hear all the players talking on the pitch and communicating with their coaches,” Berbatov said. “The atmosphere won’t be there and it’s going to be different for every team. Some are going to take it (and say) `okay’ and others may suffer from it.“Sometimes it can affect you performance when you go out there and there are no fans.“You know it’s a serious game, but in a way you body and mind can tell you it’s like a practice game, which can lead to bad games and performances, which isn’t a good thing.”Berbatov, Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year on seven occasions, joined Manchester United from Spurs in 2008 for a then club-record fee of 30 million pounds ($37.1 million).“We all know that sometimes fans can win a game,” Berbatov said. Reuters/NAN.Tags: BundesligaCOVID-19Dimitar BerbatovFaroe IslandsManchester UnitedSouth Korealast_img

Celtics advance past Bulls, will play Wizards in second round

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 105-83 on Friday to secure a 4-2 series win and advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.Avery Bradley led the team with 23 points in the win, and each of the Celtics’ starters scored in double figures. It marked the second time in NBA history that a No. 1 seed has come back from an 0-2 hole in the NBA playoffs.The Celtics’ opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals will be the Washington Wizards, who advanced by defeating the Atlanta Hawks in six games. The teams were 2-2 against one another in the regular season.Below are dates, locations and TV listings for all games. If necessary, times for Game 5, Game 6 and Game 7 will be announced at a later date. All times are Eastern.Game 1: 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30, ABC (Boston)Game 2: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, TNT (Boston)Game 3: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, ESPN (Washington)Game 4: 6:30 p.m. May 7, TNT (Washington)Game 5 (IF NECESSARY): May 10, TNT (Boston)Game 6 (IF NECESSARY): May 12, ESPN (Washington)Game 7 (IF NECESSARY): May 15, TNT (Boston)This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

PL teams to make five subs per match

first_img(BBC) – Premier League teams will be able to make five substitutions, rather than three, in each match to the end of the season after clubs approved new rules.Teams will also be able to name nine substitutes instead of the usual seven.Football’s international law-makers gave competitions the option of increasing substitutes to protect player welfare on the sport’s resumption.Premier League football will return on 17 June after a three-month absence.An announcement of the first few rounds of fixtures since the campaign was halted by coronavirus on 13 March is expected in the next 24 hours.Though teams can now make five substitutions, each will only have three opportunities to make changes throughout the match in order to minimise disruption to the game.Clubs have also agreed in principle to the use of neutral venues if required, although the vast majority of matches are expected to be played in their usual grounds, barring local spikes in coronavirus cases.A draft document detailing the extensive biosecurity measures required for each match has been circulated. It is believed the number of people in the stadium while each match is being played will be limited to about 300.How to end the season, decide the league positions and the possible consequences should it prove impossible to play the remaining matches was discussed at a meeting of clubs, but any decision was delayed to concentrate on the return of action.The International Football Association Board said in May that the temporary changes to substitutions had been made for interrupted 2019-20 competitions as “matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare”.Concerns had been raised about the reduced preparation time that players have had before the season’s resumption with Premier League teams only returning to contact training at the end of May.Newcastle club doctor Paul Catterson told BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday that he was expecting more injuries as the intensity of training increased.last_img read more

Kwara State DOS to Declare Commissaire Course Open

first_img“The participants are expected to write examination on Friday to round off the course and those that pass will be issued with certificates”, he said, adding, “majority of them will be invited to officiate in major events in the future”, he stressed.Meanwhile all is now set for the maiden edition of the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak Cycling extravaganza.Over 200 male and female cyclists from all the states of the federation and Abuja as well as clubs across the country are expected to take part in the race.The male cyclists will ride 170 kilometers while their female counterparts will do 100 kilometres.The Governor of the state is expected to flag off the race that will begin in front of the government house close to the Kwara Hotels in Ilorin.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Kwara State Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem will today at the University of Ilorin Sports hall declare open the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak three days Cycling Commissaires Course.Disclosing this in Ilorin yesterday, the Secretary General of the Nigeria Cycling Federation (CFN), Dayo Abulude said that over 30 participatants drawn from the 36 States and Abuja will take part in the course put together by the Nigerian Cycling Federation to train freshers in the art of officiating in Cycling.“One participants each came from 21 states and Abuja and the host state Kwara is representing five pariticipants. Some of the states fielding participants are Edo, Rivers, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Delta, Imo and Cross River, among others,” he saidThe CFN secretary disclosed that Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa, an International Cycling Union (UCI) certified referee and Osaretin Emuze, the chairman of the National Cycling Commissaires Association of Nigeria (NACCAN) are the resource persons for the event that will come to a climax on Friday.last_img read more

FB : Syracuse announces plans for renovations to football facilities

first_imgIn hopes of climbing back into national relevancy in college football, Syracuse has initiated major renovations to its facilities at Manley Field House.Head coach Doug Marrone said last Thursday the upgrades will benefit the program in various areas. He would not speak about what the facilities had been lacking, but did say they have needed improvement for a long time.‘It’s going to help us tremendously in recruiting. I think it’s going to help us with our football team, our program,’ Marrone said. ‘I think it’s been a long time coming that we did upgrade those areas that we’re specifically upgrading.’The upgrades are expected to cost $5 million and should be completed by Syracuse-based construction company Hueber-Breuer before the start of the 2012 season, according to an SU Athletics press release. Marrone said his players are looking forward to the finished renovations, which are aimed to enhance the experience for the team.Included in the renovations are the locker rooms, a student-athlete lounge, a cafeteria and a team auditorium. To modernize the facility, the planned design and construction is expected to have new interactive monitors, furniture, lockers and carpeting. There will also be the addition of skylights and a new ventilation system.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe improvements will be particularly crucial for Marrone during the recruitment process. Syracuse’s recruiting class this year ranked 54th in the nation, according to facility is also going to feature a look into Syracuse history. It will be similar to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, with interactive exhibits that feature former Orange stars and Hall of Famers Jim Brown, John Mackey, Floyd Little, Dwight Freeney, Marvin Harrison and Donovan McNabb.Ernie Davis’ Heisman Trophy will also be on display, along with other Syracuse bowl game trophies.The process of moving into the new facilities has already begun, as the showcases inside the main lobby of the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing were all empty. Jim Brown’s bust near the door was the lone piece of remaining Syracuse history.The renovations come after the athletic department upgraded Manley Field House in time for the 2010 athletic season.Marrone said his former head coach, Dick MacPherson, used to tell his players they have an obligation to win games to bring the program to higher levels for future generations of players. The most recent renovations, Marrone said, reflect that exact message.‘We have a responsibility to win football games so the players that come after us have a better facility or a better experience,’ Marrone said. ‘… It’s going to help us with recruiting, it’s going to help us with our former lettermen, it’s going to help us with the community, so it’s going to help us in a lot of different ways.’For Athletic Director Daryl Gross, this latest project is another important step in raising SU football to new heights.‘It is vital that we give coach Marrone the resources that he needs to field a consistent national contender,’ Gross said in the release. ‘This new complex is surely a great start.’ Published on April 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

With Big East play looming, Syracuse looks to find consistency in low post

first_imgSyracuse owns the perimeter. At least when the Orange is on its game.SU’s ferocity inside the paint, though, hasn’t been as consistent.But as No. 9 Syracuse (11-1) finishes its nonconference schedule against Central Connecticut Monday at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and prepares for Big East play, the Orange is trying to improve its interior play. The Orange offense works outside in, but if Syracuse’s big men can draw defenders and then pass back to the outside, SU’s lengthy guards on the perimeter will be much harder to shut down.“So we’ve got to have our perimeter guys playing well. We’ve got to get James some better looks,” head coach Boeheim said after the sloppy win against Alcorn State Saturday night. “Obviously Mike and Brandon have got to play well I think for this team to be successful.”Neither of SU’s regular point guards performed Saturday. The Orange tried for the inside instead. While Syracuse scored 32 points in the paint, just 10 came from SU big men DaJuan Coleman, Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita. Forwards C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant contributed another eight. The Orange’s play in the low post was solid, but far from dominant against an otherwise overmatched Alcorn State (2-13) team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe result was an under-performing outside display leading to an uneasy 57-36 win.Hamstringing the Orange’s interior play were constant trips to the foul line. There, an infectious deficiency took hold. Alcorn State sent SU to the line 24 times, but the Orange failed to execute once it got there. The Braves fouled SU so often that Grant said it was Alcorn State’s way of making up for a deficient defense.“I didn’t feel like it was on purpose, I feel like their defense was just that bad so they had to foul every possession,” freshman Grant said.But SU’s big men failed to make Alcorn State pay. The team went 12-of-28 from the line. Including Fair and Grant in addition to the Orange’s centers, the SU inside men went an even more abysmal 6-of-18.With Carter-Williams and Triche struggling to penetrate off the dribble throughout the game, outside shooting going consistently awry and SU’s postgame failing to capitalize at the line, the Orange attack went stagnant.The foul-shooting problem has spread throughout the team, but it’s costliest underneath.“You miss a few and then you think you can make a few, that’s fine. Then it gets in your head and then, I think it sprinkled down. You know, a few guys miss shots, then when you miss them you start worrying about it every time you go to the line,” Triche said. “You’re thinking ‘all right I got to make these,’ just more thinking about it.”Grant called getting to the hoop part of his game. But inside play is not part of the Orange’s just yet. SU has given glimpses of hope as Coleman put up a solid eight points Saturday night. Still, the paint is not a reliable place for points for the Orange.At the end of Boeheim’s postgame press conference Saturday night, a reporter asked the head coach if he thought the inside would be reliable by year’s end.“The end of what year? The question would’ve been good if you said what year. Not this year, this year’s almost over,” Boeheim said, then paused.“Let’s say it’s not this season.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Iheanacho’s Lack of Playing Time Worries Rohr Â

first_imgSuper Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr is not happy with the lack of playing time of Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho at Leicester City and hopes both the player and club can find a lasting solution to the problem during the winter transfer widow.A source close to the Franco-German coach disclosed to in Abuja, saying the coach has spoken to the player and hopes a solution will come out sooner than later.“Iheanacho is a very good player and Nigerians have seen what he can do with the national team but we really don’t know what the problem is at Leicester City but I’m confident the situation will change soon.“The coach has already spoken to the player and I am sure Kelechi will act fast because this is a World Cup year and as Gernot Rohr mentioned, no player has an automatic shirt to the World Cup, which means if he wants to make the World Cup squad, he has to do the right thing fast before it becomes too late,” the source disclosed.Despite arriving the King Power Stadium in a record deal of around 25m pounds, the Nigerian has only featured 11 times in all competitions for the Foxes, starting just two of those games, while his only Leicester goal came in the third round of the Carabao Cup.The most worrisome news however, is the fact that Iheanacho has failed to feature for Leicester City in their last six Premier League games since he came on as a sub against his former club Manchester City on November 18.With the winter transfer window days away, many Nigerians and indeed fans of Iheanacho will definitely advice the player to consider his options if he must stand a chance of being on the plane to Russia next year. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Connexi and Athlete Media join forces to optimise global sports market

first_imgShare Share Submit StumbleUpon Sports agency The Athlete Media Group has partnered with new sports technology platform Connexi to form a strategic partnership which aims to enhance the global sports marketplace.The partnership aims to better connect brands with sports rights holders’ assets, whilst further developing deeper evaluations of professional athletes’ profile and coverage.Founded in 2016 by sports-tech Rory Stewart-Richardson, the Connexi platform provides a time-efficient solution for brands, rights holders and media owners to secure commercially relevant sports data, referencing over £400 million in rightsholder briefs across the world.Rory Stewart-Richardson, Founder and CEO of Connexi, said: “The individual athlete space has been something we’ve been exploring for a while and with Athlete Media Group’s expertise, and unique proposition with so many purpose-driven athletes, it seemed very complimentary and with our evolving tech, a logical and exciting next step that is going to add value to the brands and agencies that we have on-board!”The Athlete Media Group will support the partnership with its knowledge of sports stakeholder and agency management, having worked with 217 elite athletes across 38 sports.Mark Middlemas, CEO and Founder of The Athlete Media Group, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Rory and his market-leading Connexi team. Our partnership will deliver a more holistic, data-driven offering to our brand and agency customers globally and we’re excited to share these benefits with our purpose-driven athletes and experts.”last_img read more