Aids-free generation achievable: UN

first_img1 December 2010An Aids-free generation is achievable if the international community steps up provision of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection, while focusing on the most disadvantaged communities affected by HIV, says a new UN report marking World Aids Day.According to “Children and Aids: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010”, released in New York on Tuesday, while children worldwide have benefited enormously from stronger Aids responses, “there are millions of women and children who have fallen through the cracks due to inequities rooted in gender, economic status, geographical location, education level and social status.“To achieve an Aids-free generation we need to do more to reach the hardest hit communities,” Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), said in a statement. “Every day, nearly 1 000 babies in sub-Sarahan Africa are infected with HIV through mother-to-child transmission.“Our Fifth Stocktaking Report on Children and Aids highlights innovations like the Mother Baby Pack that can bring life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more mothers and their babies than ever before.”According to the report, in low- and middle-income countries, 53% of pregnant women living with HIV received ARVs to prevent mother-to-child transmission in 2009, compared to 45% in 2008.“One of the most significant increases occurred in Eastern and Southern Africa, where the proportion jumped ten percentage points, from 58% in 2008 to 68% in 2009.”“We have strong evidence that elimination of mother-to-child transmission is achievable,” said Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation. “Achieving the goal will require much better prevention among women and mothers in the first place.”Young women still shoulder the greater burden of HIV infection, and in many countries women face their greatest risk of infection before age 25. Worldwide, more than 60% of all young people living with HIV are female. In sub-Saharan Africa, that figure is nearly 70%.“We need to address gender inequalities, including those that place women and girls at disproportionate risk to HIV and other adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes,” said Irina Bokova, director-general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).“While we are encouraged by a decline in HIV incidence among young people of more than 25% in 15 key countries in sub-Saharan Africa between 2001 and 2009, we must do everything possible to sustain and increase such positive trends in order to achieve universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support.”The report also emphasises the importance of tailoring education programmes to target the most vulnerable young people – those who are out of school – with information about HIV prevention.“We must increase investments in young people’s education and health, including sexual and reproductive health, to prevent HIV infections and advance social protection,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund. “Reaching marginalised young people, including vulnerable adolescent girls and those who are not in school, must remain a priority.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool result

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool resultby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he does not care who wins out of Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night.Spurs put themselves into second place, one point ahead of City, with a win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Despite the obvious implications of the result, Pochettino says he will be simply enjoying the “spectacle”.The Argentine said: “In this country all the people are going to watch the game.”But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.”I don’t care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Teacher uses award money to fund school development

first_imgKolkata: In a rare gesture, Hyder Ali Biswas, a teacher of Dhubulia Deshbandhu High School, has donated Rs 1 lakh for the development of the institution. Biswas got the Siksha Ratna award worth Rs 25,000. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had handed over the award to the recipients of the award at a function, which was held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on September 5.Biswas added another Rs 75,000 to the money, which he had received from the state government and handed over a total of Rs 1 lakh to the governing body of the school. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe gesture has created great enthusiasm among the teachers and students of the school. Hailing from a lower-middle class family at Nakashipara in Nadia, Biswas joined the school as an assistant teacher in 1987. For over the past three decades he has been teaching in the school. “I have been teaching students for the past three generations. I lead a very simple life and my wants are limited. So I thought that I should donate little money for the development of the school. The students are like my children and they are the real treasure of my life,” he said. The students said Biswas is a popular teacher and is loved and respected by all in the district. Biswas said: “It is good if the teachers of other schools donate money for the development of the students.”last_img read more

DRAKE SINGS PRAISES OF TORONTO ONSTAGE THIS IS HOW THE WORLD IS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drake performs during the Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour in Toronto, on Aug. 21. (MARK BLINCH / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement “I’m forever grateful, everywhere I go, I carry the value of this city with me,” he said. “Every night that I go and I do a show in America, I tell them that this is how the world is supposed to work.’ ”“You see, tonight, we got 17,000 people inside one building from all races, from all places, and all we are doing is just listening to music, and smoking and drinking — and enjoying our lives. And I want you to know that that’s something that I learned right here in Toronto.“You made me the man I am today, you made me the artist I am today.”Drake’s tour dates with Migos were delayed by 10 days from Aug. 10-12 to Aug. 20-22, and then the Aug. 20 show was postponed again, for undisclosed reasons. Drake used the day off to visit a sick fan in the hospital.The Toronto shows come in the place of Drake’s annual OVO Fest concert around this time of year, and there was one OVO-style surprise guest: fellow rap star Travis Scott, whose album Astroworld is currently No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard album chart, who performed “SICKO MODE” and “goosebumps.”The tour continues with another show at the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.By GARNET FRASER | Toronto Star After a couple of delays, Drake finally got his Toronto concert stop on Tuesday night and told the hometown crowd he holds the city up as an example of peace and harmony.The rapper told the audience at the Scotiabank Arena that the city he grew up in built and sustained him during his rise to the top of the world of commercial music. But he also praised the “values” of Toronto.Drake speaking about how much Toronto means to him tonight in Toronto. #AATTM pic.twitter.com/dRduEbgR5Y— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) August 22, 2018center_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Linamar stock has best day in weeks in wake 12billion of MacDon

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – Linamar Corp. stock jumped nearly 12 per cent, following its agreement to buy Winnipeg-based agriculture equipment maker MacDon Industries Ltd. for $1.2 billion.Linamar (TSX:LNR) stock rose 11.50 per cent or $7.48 to close at $72.50 Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.It’s Linamar’s best day on the market since Nov. 7, when it reported a drop in third-quarter earnings compared with a year ago and missed analyst estimates.The MacDon deal will allow Linamar to further diversify its operations, which make precision metallic parts for a range of sectors including automobiles.Linamar says the acquisition will also complement its existing agricultural harvesting business in Hungary.CIBC analyst Todd Coupland says that agricultural equipment businesses generally trade at higher valuations than auto parts suppliers.CIBC also estimates MacDon will add about 70 cents per share of earnings to its 2018 estimate for Linamar.The company has 59 manufacturing facilities globally and about 24,500 employees.last_img read more

North Peace Search and Rescue successful search for missing person

first_imgThe driver was successfully located and brought back to FSJ. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace SAR had success after being requested by the RCMP to locate a missing person.In the afternoon of Monday, November 26, 2018, the RCMP requested the Search and Rescue team to find a male driver who was turned around on the back roads up north.The driver originally called 911 for assistance and the SAR team located the driver around Mile 126 on the Jedney, as his vehicle was stuck in the snow.last_img

Delhi court allows accused in EC bribery case to travel abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday allowed a senior advocate, who is an accused in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran, to travel abroad.Special Judge Arun bhardwaj permitted Chennai-based B Kumar to travel to the US from April 27 to June 8 to visit his son who is living with his family there. “The apprehension of the prosecution that applicant/accused will flee from justice is not based on any material. No tangible ground is made by the prosecution for not granting permission to applicant/accused to go abroad. Thus, keeping in view the facts and circumstances, the applicant/accused is permitted to travel abroad to the USA,” the judge said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court also imposed certain conditions which included furnishing additional security in the form of bank guarantee of Rs 10 lakh or in the alternative a fixed deposit receipt of the like amount. “The applicant/accused, B Kumar, shall furnish a detailed affidavit disclosing his detailed programme, including his stay at various stations abroad and telephone numbers and residential address before his departure,” the judge said in his order. “The applicant/accused, B Kumar, would be returning during summer vacations. Therefore, the applicant/accused shall inform the IO about his arrival in India within 48 hours of his return and shall surrender his passport to the IO. Thereafter, the IO shall deposit with this court the passport of applicant/accused B Kumar within two days of reopening of the courts,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court also said that Kumar will not contact or influence the prosecution witnesses. The Delhi Police had earlier filed a supplementary charge sheet against Dhinakaran, Chandrashekhar, Mallikarjuna, a long-time friend of Dhinakaran, and six others in the case. Dhinakaran has been accused of offences under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC, besides taking gratification by corrupt or illegal means to influence public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act).last_img read more

Julio Jones Is the Best

T.Y. HiltonIND2525623844167.8 Doug BaldwinSEA487321627167.4 Weighted overall rank comparison of wide receivers, 2014-16 Allen RobinsonJAC242083684165.1 RECEIVERTEAMTARGET FREQ.AVG. DEPTHCATCH RATERUN BLOCKAFTER CATCHWEIGHTED SUM Antonio BrownPIT457151944105.2 Emmanuel SandersDEN1423413175130.1 Odell BeckhamNYG751371517115.5 Steve SmithBAL1064345333166.3 Julio JonesATL240302728103.0 Rishard MatthewsTEN2936332056143.5 Larry FitzgeraldARI208214164142.9 DeAndre HopkinsHOU122769390139.1 Demaryius ThomasDEN35949432123.9 RANK Jordy NelsonGB1942292241128.5 Jarvis LandryMIA896111612135.6 Eric DeckerNYJ224645583149.0 Brandon MarshallNYJ183572980161.7 Mike EvansTB6681796126.0 Rankings are out of the 98 wide receivers with a minimum of 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 yards from 2014 to 2016.Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, ProFootballFocus.com Willie SneadNO398018225164.5 Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Julio Jones was the best receiver in football this season. Just about any way you slice it, whether using traditional stats,1Yards per game, for instance. advanced metrics2Like FootballOutsiders.com’s defense-adjusted yards above replacement. or even play-by-play grades,3Such as the ones compiled by ProFootballFocus.com. Jones was the receiver who kept defensive coordinators up at night worrying about all the havoc he could wreak. His explosiveness and diversity of skills enabled offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to build the one of the best offenses in NFL history.But what makes Jones so good?At the most basic level, Jones dominates because of an unmatched combination of size and speed. Posting a 4.34-second 40-yard-dash before he was drafted, Jones ran the ninth-fastest combine time of any wideout who had at least 400 receiving yards in the 2016 season.4One limitation to this approach is that combine data is a snapshot of speed at age 21 or so. Needless to say, that number is probably a tad outdated for an NFL veteran like, say, 37-year-old Steve Smith Sr. Still, for most players, combine times give a decent approximation of their pure speed. All of the faster receivers are also smaller — nearly 5 inches shorter than the 6-foot-3 Jones, on average. While Jones was one of the fastest at the position regardless of height, most NFL wide receivers as tall as Jones ran the 40 slower than the overall position average of 4.47 seconds. A.J. GreenCIN531312961109.4 Wideouts that big and that fast are very difficult to cover. Think of Randy Moss (who, at 6-foot-4, ran an “unofficial” 4.25 second 40 in 1998) or, more recently, the two unrelated Johnsons, Andre (6-foot-2, 4.40) and Calvin (6-foot-5, 4.35), who used that formula to dominate the league’s receiving leaderboard in recent years. Moss in particular showed that a receiver who can stretch the field in all directions with speed, and then pluck balls from over defenders’ heads, can make an offense run far more efficiently than its individual components suggest it should.But Jones’s dominance is more than just a product of “big guy runs fast.” Since he returned from a foot fracture that cost him most of the 2013 season, no receiver has put those gifts to better on-field use than Jones — across every aspect of the position, from the flashy to the technical.We can measure how good Jones has been by breaking down what makes a great all-around receiver:The guy has to get open, so we’ll look at how often the ball comes his way (targets) as a percentage of his routes run.Ideally, receivers can go deep, so we’ll look at how far the ball travels before it gets to him (air yards per target).Then he still has to catch the darn ball, so we’ll look at his catch rate. (Air yards and catch rate are usually at odds with each other,5In my sample of top receivers from 2014 to 2016, the correlation between those two metrics was -0.7. since it’s harder to catch deep throws than short ones.)Once he’s open, has run a long ways and has caught the pass, it’d be nice if he could keep running without being tackled. So let’s also look at yards after the catch per reception.Oh, and one more thing — being a receiver isn’t all about receiving, so let’s look at blocking ability by using ProFootballFocus.com’s run-blocking grades.If we rank every active receiver6With a minimum of either 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 total yards from 2014 to 2016. in those categories over the past three seasons and add up the ranks (with some weighting based on the relative importance of each category7Specifically, the ranks for air yards per target and catch rate were assigned no special weight; targets per route was given 50 percent extra weight; yards after the catch was given 75 percent less weight; and run blocking was given 15 percent less weight. These weights were determined by regressing the first four categories against adjusted catch yards per route, an overall measure of receiving effectiveness, and running a separate regression against PFF’s “overall” grade to determine the relative value of blocking.), Jones rates as the most complete wide receiver in the NFL. Among the 98 receivers in our sample, he ranks 40th or better in every area of the game — the only receiver in the league who can make that claim.8Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson ranks in the top 42 in each category. Alshon JefferyCHI173268942143.7 Jones’s impressive combination of size and speed shows up most notably in his ability to get free of defenders — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan targeted Jones on 30 percent of the routes he ran, the second most of any receiver (behind Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill at 31.5 percent) — as well as in his rare talent for keeping his catch rate up even as he goes deep. Based on the length of Jones’s average target — 11.9 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — we’d expect him to have caught only about 60 percent of the balls thrown in his direction; instead, he caught nearly 66 percent, a difference that amounts to 26 extra catches, many of the big-play variety. (Jones has 20 total receiving touchdowns over the past three seasons.) In other words, Jones mixes the reliability of a possession receiver with the big-play potential of a deep threat.And once he catches the ball, he’s frequently off to the races:So what hope do the New England Patriots — specifically, their defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia — have of containing Jones on Super Sunday?For their part, the Patriots had the NFL’s 10th-worst pass defense during the regular season and the 13th-worst D against No. 1 receivers like Jones. But they also boast two of the 12 highest-rated cover cornerbacks in football (according to PFF) in Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, plus Devin McCourty, PFF’s top-rated coverage safety. And in the playoffs, they’ve also held both Antonio Brown (No. 2 in our receiver rankings above) and DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10) to relatively tame performances.In Jones and Atlanta’s high-powered offensive “buzzsaw,” however, the Pats face their toughest challenge yet. The Falcons have had a startling offensive breakout this season: They easily led the league in expected points added (EPA) through the air — and offensive EPA in general — during the regular season, QB Matt Ryan enjoyed one of the most efficient passing seasons in league history, and the offense has only improved in the playoffs.9During the regular season, Atlanta averaged 11.5 more offensive EPA per game than an average team, 9.0 of which came in the passing game. After adjusting for the defenses they faced, the Falcons are averaging 21.5 offensive EPA above average in the playoffs, 20.9 of which have come via the pass.At the center of that offense is Jones. “Nobody can stop us but us,” Jones told reporters after the NFC title game. Whether that’s true or not will largely depend on whether New England can slow down the game’s most uncoverable receiver. Based on Jones’s performance these past few seasons, that’s a pretty tall (and fast) order. read more

Mens basketball report Junior forward Keita BatesDiop out for season with stress

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 76-75 loss to No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night that dropped the Buckeyes to 10-5 and 0-2 in the Big Ten, it appears the team’s uphill climb to the NCAA tournament just got a whole lot steeper.OSU coach Thad Matta said in the postgame press conference that junior forward Keita Bates-Diop will undergo surgery on a stress fracture on his shin next week. Bates-Diop did not play against the Boilermakers. He had missed five games earlier in the season with a high-ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 17 against Providence.Bates-Diop originally suffered this injury in the summer and after attempting to play through it, the injury kept reoccurring, Matta said.“That’s definitely a punch in the gut to us,” he said. “It is what it is and we got to move forward.”Matta called the 6-foot-7 Bates-Diop the team’s best defender considering his length and his ability to rebound with the taller players in the country.The Normal, Illinois, native played just nine games this year, starting three times. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in an average of 23.3 minutes. Matta said that Bates-Diop will receive a medical redshirt.1/5 Correction: Matta said Bates-Diop will have surgery next week. It was originally printed as Friday. read more