New vaccines to curb child mortality

first_imgThe Rotavirus vaccine, Pentavalent vaccine and Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine will be introduced this month as part of the government’s expanded immunisation programme, which aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. All children should be vaccinated with Pentavelent at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks and at 18 months. Fighting pneumonia These diseases can lead to major complications such as deafness and brain damage, and can even be fatal. The Pneumococcal vaccine should be administered to children at 6 weeks, 14 weeks and 9 months. According to the department, the Rotavirus is a major problem in developing countries, as it is not always possible for infected children to reach a hospital in time, and thus they are likely to succumb to the disease. Developing countries Professor Shabir Madhi from the University of Witwatersrand encouraged the use of the Pneumococcal vaccine, saying it protects against severe life-threatening diseases caused by the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. South Africa is to make three new vaccines freely available at public healthcare facilities across the country as part of efforts to combat child mortality. The Pentavelent vaccine is a combination vaccine with five components. It protects against five conditions, namely diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, haemophilus influenza and polio. “We want to vaccinate more and more children with this new vaccine,” Dr Ntombenhle Nqcobo, a specialist involved with the immunisation programme, said in Pretoria last week. “Every child has a right to vaccination.” Worldwide, it is estimated that 10-million children die each year from preventable and treatable causes.center_img According to the Department of Health, immunisation prevents more than three million deaths a year. The Rotavirus vaccine will help provide protection against the Rotavirus which causes diarrhoea, leading to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and death. The vaccine can be used in the fight against pneumonia, which affects the chest and the ability to give oxygen to the body, meningitis, which affects the brain and spinal cord, and septicaemia, a condition where bacteria multiply in the bloodstream. The new vaccine replaces an older combination of four antigens, which is called Combact-Hib. The advantage of this vaccine lies in it being more advanced and causing fewer side-effects. HIV/Aids contributing The mortality rate in South Africa for children under five is high considering the level of economic development reached, and the largest contributing factor in these cases is HIV/Aids. 3 August 2009 Combination vaccine Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Woodland workshop May 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What can you do with your woodlands?On May 24, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, part of Ohio State University Extension, will offer a workshop focusing on that exact question.“The woodland you own may be something you purchased or something you got with the farm,” said Kathy Smith, coordinator of the program and one of the workshop’s instructors. “But now that it’s yours, what should you do with it? It’s a question we get a lot.”The workshop is from 6 to 9 p.m. in OSU Extension’s Butler County office, 1802 Princeton Road, in Hamilton in southwest Ohio.The event’s agenda will have two parts: “Where to Start: Woodland Management 101” and “Introduction to Wildlife Management.”Introductory class“It’s really an introductory class for woodland owners,” Smith said. “We’ll walk through setting management goals, what needs to be inventoried and then how you match what you have with what you want to accomplish on the property.”She said management tools such as different cutting practices, invasive species control and tree planting will be covered, too.Marne Titchenell, a wildlife specialist with OSU Extension and the workshop’s other instructor, will detail the kinds of wildlife a woodland can support, their habitat needs and how to manage the land for them. Among those kinds of wildlife: birds, mammals, pollinators and amphibians.Registration for the workshop is $15 and is needed by May 18. A mailable registration form can be downloaded at go.osu.edu/May2016ButlerWoods. Participants also can register online at go.osu.edu/May2016ButlerWoodsReg.For more information, call 614-688-3421.last_img read more

Sound management critical to overcome challenges of 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The spring of 2017 has provided Ohio’s growers with many challenges, and as the growing season continues, sound management of crops will be critical to diminish potential problems and maximize yields.Patterns of wet weather and large rainfall events have caused planting delays, emergence problems, and required replant of both corn and soybeans in many areas. Due to large rain events this spring, many fields were flooded. While both corn and soybeans can survive flooding/ponding for a period of time, several factors determine the length of time plants can survive. Young corn plants can usually survive two to four days in flooded conditions. Death of corn plants is more likely prior to the V6 stage of development because the growing point is still below the soil surface. Soybeans can usually survive two to four days completely submersed. If weather is cool (mid 60s or cooler) plants are more likely to survive several days of flooding. If temperatures are warm (mid 70s or warmer) plants may not survive 24 hours under flooded conditions. Ponding of six or more days can result in significant stand losses and death of all plants where ponding has occurred. Although ponding/flooding has the potential to impact stands, crops can survive under the right conditions.Cold rainfall events in 2017 have been a reminder of the importance of conditions during the first 24 to 48 hours after planting. During this period seeds imbibe water required for germination. A cold rain during this critical time can cause cold shock and imbibition injury to seeds. Fields that were planted right before rains this year had reduced stands and needed to be replanted. Heavy rains also resulted in hard crusts on soil surfaces that kept seedlings from emerging and caused corn plants to leaf out underground.Pests are also a concern for both corn and soybeans. Early winter annual weed growth in fields provided an attractive place for the high number of black cutworm moths to lay their eggs. Purdue Extension entomologist Christian Krupke said: “Remember, corn is one of the black cutworm’s least favorite foods. It just so happens it is the only plant remaining by the time larvae have emerged and weeds have been killed.”Cutworm damage can occur in both tilled and no-tilled fields, as well as to insect resistant GMO corn. While the insect resistant traits are still effective, insects need to feed on the plants in order to die, consequently, high numbers of cutworms can still result in reduced stands of GMO corn.Bean leaf beetle could also be a concern this year due to the warm winter. High numbers of bean leaf beetle could especially be an issue in fields that emerge first. Scouting will be important to determine if bean leaf beetles are present and if a rescue treatment is warranted.Weather has created challenges for Ohio’s winter wheat growers as well. Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab). Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus has also been present in some fields, a result of feeding by aphids carrying the virus. Due to warmer-than-normal weather in late winter/early spring, wheat development has been two to three weeks ahead of normal and growers should expect an early harvest.In areas where head blight has developed, growers should adjust combines properly clean out lighter grains impacted by scab. Research performed by the Ohio State University showed that adjust fan speeds between 1,375 and 1,475 rpm and shutter opening to 3.5 inches resulted in the lowest discounts at elevators due to low test weight, damaged kernels, and mycotoxin levels in grain. Extreme cold weather in March caused freeze damage to wheat heads, which has resulted in blank heads and could significantly impact yields. Wheat producers should walk fields prior to harvest to determine if head scab and/or freeze damage has impacted their wheat and to assess the extent of the damage.As corn and soybean planting wraps up and wheat harvest begins, growers should continue to scout fields for pest and disease issues. Timely scouting and the employment of sound management practices will allow growers to minimize problems while maximizing yields for the 2017 crop.last_img read more

Football-loving Goa to reschedule exams for FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa Education Department has asked schools in the State to re-schedule their first-term exams so that students can watch the FIFA U-17 World Cup matches that Goa will host in October.Director of Education G.P. Bhat issued a circular requesting all heads of schools to re-schedule the exams to conclude on or before October 7. “Regular classes will continue till the end of the term,” the circular said.Mr. Bhat told The Hindu on Wednesday that the high-level steering committee set up for the World Cup had made a request to this effect. The committee, headed by Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma, has been formed by the Goa government to hasten decision-making in setting up infrastructure for the World Cup.Inspiring the youngChief secretary Dharmendra Sharma told The Hindu that the FIFA motto, as per the memorandum of understanding signed for the Under-17 event, is to promote football among the youth, as it is an aspirational sport. With this in mind, the steering committee suggested to the Education Department to consider avoiding a clash in the exam schedules and the World Cup games, so that students would be able to benefit from the one-time opportunity to see a world sporting event. Boost to ticket sales Mr. Sharma said that unlike Delhi, Kolkata and other venues in the country, where almost 80% of the match tickets have been sold out, in Goa, ticket sales has been down despite heavily subsidised prices. He said rescheduling exams should help the ticket sales pick up. Goa will host four matches between October 7 and 21 at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda, South Goa. The State is expected to host the Germany and Brazil under-17 teams, who will play matches against Costa Rica (October 7) and Niger (October 13) respectively.Football is popular across all sections of the population in Goa. In 2012, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had declared football as the official State sport. He had also set up the Goa State Football Development Council to further popularise the sport in the state.last_img read more

Meet the 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominees!

first_imgTouch Football Australia has countless volunteers who dedicate their time across the country to make significant contributions to our Touch Football family.To celebrate and recognise these contributions, each State and Territory were asked to nominate one highly valued volunteer to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2017.The nominees for the 2017 TFA Volunteer of the Year Award are: Toby Burgess – TASToby Burgess is a name that is synonymous with Touch Football in Tasmania. A lifelong volunteer to sport both as a player, referee and coach, Toby has been a part of Touch Football for over 20 years. Toby Burgess over the last 12 months has been a great asset to the Tasmanian Office. Toby’s focus on improving our Tasmanian State Teams is second to none and has always put his hand up to be a coach over the years. This past year was no different, when Toby was head coach for two of our elite state teams. Toby also implemented additional training sessions for our teams during the week to ensure the highest level of performance at the NTL. Gabe Hodges – ACTGabe has made significant impacts on gender diversity in our sport. She has primarily worked with young female Touch Football players, providing them with opportunities to invest in our game at all levels following their interaction with her. Gabe is also a valuable member of the ACT SOAP, offering her years of experience in junior development over the last 4 years.Gabe has dedicated a significant amount of her time to the growth of Touch Football in the ACT – committing herself to at least four nights of Touch Football per week in a coaching or playing capacity. Her friendly, encouraging and happy disposition has made her a favourite amongst the ACT community. Graham Knights – NSWManly Warringah is one of the top affiliates in NSW, not only for their on the field performances but also their off field performances. Graham’s has been instrumental in this success. His vision of ensuring that the club has policies and procedures for every aspect of their operations has laid out a clear and concise platform to ensure not just success but also sustainability in one of the most competitive environments and landscapes in NSW.This platform paved by Graham importantly is having a great impact at grass roots level and the growth of the organisation. His and his clubs work is not just having an impact with the Manly Warringah TA, but also with other affiliates across the state. Many of whom are looking to Manly to replicate their success by following the programs and principles laid down by Graham and his team. Importantly Graham is willing to share his experiences with other affiliates and members. Thomas Edgword – NTTom has had a huge impact with improving the culture within the sport across the NT. He recognises the need to high standards to set a benchmark for others to strive to achieve to show our sport in good standing. Tom is a damn good bloke. He is loyal, enthusiastic, committed and passionate in all he does. He loves the game of touch and represents our game in the highest both in his personal and work life. He has and continues to represent the Army in touch football at the highest level. He willingly takes others under his wing to guide and nurture them within the touch football environment. Tom is the type of person who will do anything with integrity for our game. Deirdre Morrow – SADeirdre’s positive energy unites the broader touch community in South Australia as she volunteers her time across many levels of the sport. She interacts positively with junior players and parents alike which impacts positively on the Touch Football brand. Deirdre’s professional approach has allowed the TFSA office to entrust her with making decisions that reflect positively on events and roles she volunteers her time for, which also reflects positively on TFSA.Deirdre is trustworthy, honest, committed and a little cheeky which enhances the fun aspect of Touch Football. Deirdre has shown continued commitment to the sport at every level both here in South Australia and Nationally. Steve Watterson – QLDHaving been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a constant familiar face and very well liked amongst the Sharks playing group. SQBD prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. The fact that Steve is prepared to drive 16 hours to take equipment to a tournament to ensure Sharks players receive the same service as any other at another proves his importance to this organisation. As a result of his work and commitment at South Queensland Touch, Steve has also been awarded a life membership. He has also been a long-term member of the South Queensland Board of Directors and still currently supervises junior selection programs. Monique Williamson – WAOver the past 12 months Monique has once again remained President of Perth Brothers Touch Association, a position she has held since 2009. Monique is Perth Brother – she is a coach, team manager, helps in the canteen and looks after the Junior Referees. Monique does everything!Monique’s impact on the organisation has been enormous, she has bought a sense of community and pride to the Perth Brothers through her professionalism, hard work and leadership in a largely diverse area of the Perth Metropolitan area. Monique strongly deserves this nomination as a reward for the professionalism and leadership she has bought to Perth Brothers TA and is now bringing her skill and experience at the SOAP level.Congratulations to all our nominees for their nominations and a big thank you for all your hard work and effort. The winner will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Employment rate is a better indicator The Fraser Institute

first_imgAn economic think tank says it’s time to update how employment is measured in Canada. The Fraser Institute believes the unemployment rate doesn’t truly reflect how the economy is producing jobs. It states that too many people are leaving the workforce due to retirement, or to go back to school, and such changes are throwing off the jobless numbers.The think tank suggests the employment rate is a better way to evaluate how the economy is producing jobs as it measures the over all percentage of people working, not just those actively participating in the workforce.last_img

Raekwon McMillan helps register voters through fraternity

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) dances towards the crowd after the Buckeye defense stops the Nebraska offense on their own two-yard line during the first half of the game on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRaekwon McMillan came to Ohio State as one of the most highly rated recruits in the 2014 class. Like any other freshman, McMillan, a Georgia native, was getting acclimated with classes, new teammates and a new scenery. Two years later, McMillan is the face of the OSU defense, the Silver Bullets, and figures to be the next in the lineage of OSU linebackers in the NFL.The junior middle linebacker has been the soul of the defense for the Buckeyes, but also this fall, he began to exercise his political freedom. McMillan became involved in voter registration in central Ohio for the 2016 election season as a member of the Ohio State chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.“We had a program of voter registration and really just spread the word, mostly to the African-American people throughout central Columbus,” McMillan said. “That’s what we try to focus on, but we just want to build awareness and teach what this election is about, what each candidate stands for.”Omega Psi Phi is a historically African-American Greek life organization that is governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Redshirt sophomore safety Damon Webb also is a member.McMillan joined the fraternity after his sophomore year. At first, he said he never really saw himself as a fraternity member, however he began to look more into the extracurriculars, which drew him to Omega Psi Phi. McMillan said that, before the 2016 election cycle, he never really into politics, but began to pay more attention to it as the presidential campaign intensified. As an “Omega man,” McMillan felt like it was his duty to encourage others to take political action in an unprecedented election.OSU coach Urban Meyer hosted Patriot Week throughout the Memorial Day weekend this past spring, bringing in several guest lecturers to talk to the team about their responsibilities as Americans — voting being one of them. On Monday, Meyer expressed how important it is to him that his team understands the civic duties each individual has, and said he hopes each of his players votes on Tuesday. McMillan, along with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, said they will vote on Tuesday.“It’s something that’s going to impact us not only here in Columbus but also around the country,” McMillan said. “So we want everybody to have awareness to what’s going on around us because you’re exercising your political rights.”Webb said McMillan’s activism in Omega Psi Phi has a direct correlation with the linebacker’s ability to persevere in intense situations and uplift his teammates. Webb added that the leadership traits McMillan are not confined to the gridiron.“I would definitely say he’s gotten better. He’s always been a leadership-type dude, so even outside of the football field — our fraternity brothers, he brought leadership to them,” Webb said. “It’s like a brotherhood outside of the locker room … we build a bond that is unbreakable.” read more

Football Chase Young finds himself against Penn State

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) shake hands following the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorChase Young wants the play to go to him. He prays for it. With Penn State facing a 4th-and-5 at the Ohio State 43-yard line down one point with 82 seconds left in the game, the sophomore defensive end was lined up, ready to jump off the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. As Nittany Lions redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley stepped off, changing the play call, Young touched his chest and pointed to the sky, something he said he does often, though it’s not caught on film. “I think everything is in God’s plan,” Young said. “I prayed and said ‘God, if this play’s coming to me, help me make it.’ I sent one up and it came to me and I made it.”As McSorley snapped the ball, Young moved around Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Jashon Cornell, who held off the right tackle, immediately plugging the hole Penn State junior running back Miles Sanders attempted to run through for the first down, securing the victory for the Buckeyes. This tackle capped off a career day for Young, who recorded three tackles for loss, including two sacks, two quarterback hits and two pass breakups in Ohio State’s 27-26 win over Penn State. Young was recognized as Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, given to the defensive end with the best performance in college football that week. Young was the second Ohio State defensive lineman to receive the award this year, with junior defensive end Nick Bosa receiving the award after his performance in the season opener against Oregon State. After Bosa suffered an injury during the TCU game, and with no clear timetable for return, Ohio State’s defensive line has had to lean on Young to become a dominant pass-rusher — something he has embraced against both Tulane and Penn State. “Coach [Urban] Meyer, he tries to tell us not to wait, so I think every chance I got to get on the field, I tried to put my best out there,” Young said. “I guess the Penn State game, I just had a real good game. I thank God I had a real good game. It was a national stage, ABC, and I just thank God that the Penn State game was that I had a good one.”Even with all the success, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he still sees a young player when he looks at the sophomore defensive end. With the high expectations Young had going into his career at Ohio State, a five-star recruit out of Hyattsville, Maryland, Johnson said there is still a lot more for him to learn. Things like using his hands at the line of scrimmage, something Young said Johnson called out as he watched tape from the Penn State win. However, he is looking to correct the mistakes made against Penn State for the Indiana game on Saturday. Young, according to Johnson, strives for greatness. “He’s a great learner, he wants to learn everything,” Johnson said. “He picks Nick’s brain every day on how to rush the passer, things he can learn. And I think that’s what you want out of a player who’s a highly competitive guy and wants to be a great player.” Without Bosa, Young played more snaps than he ever had in a collegiate game against Penn State. And Johnson said as he continues to play, offensive lines will have to begin to notice. But with other weapons on the defensive line, like redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, Johnson said it will be hard for opposing lines to treat Young like they might Bosa. That’s the kind of attention Young wants from opponents, the attention the injured All-American has. “He wants the role,” Johnson said. “I think Chase, he’s a competitor, so he wants to do well.”So far this season, Young has shown potential. He leads the team with four sacks and is tied for the team lead with six tackles for loss. However, Young still thinks he has a ways to go to meet the expectation he has for himself. “Not close at all,” Young said. “I made a few mistakes and I got to get the corrected. Obviously, you never want to play a perfect game, but you want to play, you want to try and play a perfect game. That’s what I am trying to do.” For sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, the defensive line sets the bar for the rest of the defense in terms of what each unit strives to be. “Once everyone hits [the level of the] defensive line group, we are just all going to elevate together,” Okudah said.Even with Bosa out, that mentality for the rest of the defense has not changed. Instead, the rest of the defense strives to be like Young. read more

Official Sampaoli leaves Argentina

first_imgThe Argentine Football Association (AFA) have confirmed that head coach Jorge Sampaoli has vacated his post following Argentina’s disappointing World Cup campaignAfter two shock results against Iceland and Croatia, the South American side barely managed to scrape through the group stages of the competition before falling to eventual champions France in the Round of 16 with a 4-3 defeat.While Sampaoli had only been appointed Argentina boss in May 2017, there were reports that had emerged during the World Cup that had suggested that he was following Lionel Messi’s orders.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…Now the 58-year-old has had his contract at Argentina mutually terminated with the AFA.“The Argentine Football Association [AFA] and the ex-coach of the national team Jorge Sampaoli today reached a mutual agreement to rescind his contract,” read the statement on Sky Sports.Argentina had their worst World Cup campaign this summer since 2002, which saw them being eliminated from the group stages at Japan and South Korea.last_img read more

Gattuso defends Higuain He feels a lot of pressure

first_imgAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso hopes Gonzalo Higuain will remain calm following his sending off against Juventus on SundayThe 30-year-old striker has enjoyed a good start to life on loan at Milan from Juventus with seven goals in 13 games.However, Higuain was unable to prevent Milan from losing to his parent club at the San Siro and was dismissed after having a penalty saved.The Argentine was handed a second yellow card after shouting in the match official’s face.But Gattuso believes that Higuain’s angry outburst came about due to putting too much pressure on himself.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” Gattuso told Milan TV on the club website.“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is the most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear-headed.”Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers for Juventus, who remain unbeaten after 12 Serie A games.last_img read more