Blair High School Students Create “No More” Public Service Announcements

first_img Blair High School’s Career Tech Education (CTE) student Evan Harper models for a PSA project about Sexual Assault Awareness for April 2017. Photo by student: Amara Young. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and students in Blair High School’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Photography, Film and Video classes are creating public service announcements (PSA) using photos and videos to educate their community of followers via social media about the epidemic of sexual assault and domestic violence.Steve Solis, the CTE digital arts teacher facilitating the project at Blair High School, stated, “One of my goals for this project is to engage students to participate in a cause outside of themselves while educating them about the seriousness of sexual assaults among their peers.”The students were instructed to emulate the campaign, which helps raise public awareness and engage bystanders in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Mr. Solis’ photography students used the campaign as a template to create their own PSAs. Students were assigned to create a series of three photos to share via their Instagram or SnapChat Stories.“As an activist, sending a message of empathy and raising societal consciousness is extremely important to me,” said Yale University-bound senior Deon Brown. “As an artist, I find ways to share this message in the best way possible. This project has given me the outlet to do so.”Another student, senior Amara Young, who has not yet decided which college to attend, stated, “Through this project, I have learned about the stigma surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence victims. The No More Campaign has made it clear that we as a society should make the shift from blaming the victims to blaming the perpetrators.”In his classes, Mr. Solis showed news clips and testimonies from sexual assault victims along with segments of “The Hunting Ground,”, a groundbreaking documentary about the epidemic of sexual assaults on American college campuses.“Some of our seniors are headed to universities where sexual assault crimes may have been suppressed. I want to make sure my seniors, as prospective college students, do their homework about any safety concerns they may have about assaults on college campuses,” said Mr. Solis.Mr. Solis’ digital arts students have been working on their public service announcements for the past two weeks. Their photos and short video spots are scheduled to be completed by Friday, April 14, 2017. Videos will be posted at Viking Vision Blair High School.Blair High School, 1135 S. Euclid Avenue (temporary address), Pasadena, (626) 396-5820 or visit Blair SchoolBlair High School is one of five high schools in the Pasadena Unified School District, which also consists of three middle schools and 24 elementary schools. In 40 plus years of existence, the school has maintained an unwavering commitment to providing students with a firm, wide-ranging academic foundation on which to build a successful future. The school serves 1,090 students in grades 6-12.Blair is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme world school and hosts both the Middle Years Programme for 6-10th grades and the Diploma Programme for 11th and 12th grades. These provide the framework for an integrated and international philosophy that is supported by academic rigor and opportunities to explore and learn about the world outside their immediate community.About Career Technical Education (CTE)With over 70,000 registered educators, CTE Online is the California resource devoted to connecting educators and leaders within the unique field of Career and Technical Education to quality curriculum models, shared communities of practice, and professional development tools that emphasize the role that rigorous academic skills play in supporting students’ pursuit of industry and career-related coursework. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Education Blair High School Students Create “No More” Public Service Announcements Blair High School Students Create Public Service Announcements for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Awareness Month Article and Photo courtesy of BLAIR HIGH SCHOOL Published on Friday, April 14, 2017 | 11:06 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Make a commentcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe More Cool Stuff Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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Why a culture of “how” beats “what”

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We live in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) and every day our employees encounter situations and questions, particularly with customers, that go beyond the expectations of normal business. How can we guide them to make decisions that support organizational goals and growth objectives when there’s no manager or executive in sight? The answer is to focus on How not What.Recently, I had two different hotel experiences that brought that challenge home. The first was in Las Vegas. I had plans to meet a group of girlfriends for a weekend. Unfortunately, I caught a virus and needed to cancel. Though I knew my hotel reservation could not be cancelled on less than 2 days’ notice, I called the hotel and asked if they could do something for me. I didn’t even want my money back but I thought they might transfer my reservation to a different day.Not a chance. The person I talked to could not believe what I was asking. Her tone was belligerent. She put me on hold to consult a manager. 20 minutes went by but I was curious so I stayed on the line. When she finally returned, she did not remember who I was or what I was calling about. I explained again. She went for the manager again. Another 20 minutes. The manager finally came on, and he did not know what I was calling about so I needed to tell the story again. With a voice dripping in condescension, he told me the policy was clear, there was nothing he could do for me, and hung up. continue reading »last_img read more

Rick Fox’s Echo Fox confirm North American LCS franchise spot

first_imgEcho Fox, the esports organisation with roots in the FGC has confirmed it has secured one of ten North American League of Legends Championship Series (“NALCS”) spots in the new permanent partnership scheme. It comes as little surprise given the list of teams and franchises that have been accepted, with big sports investment coming from many and three NBA teams hopping straight in. Most recently, Echo Fox was included as part of an investment partnership between Vision Esports and the New York Yankees. The investment will allow accelerated growth and increased brand awareness for the Echo Fox organisation and brand across the globe. The partnership aims to “mirror the management of Echo Fox in a manner similar to traditional professional sports properties”. Rick Fox, former NBA Champion and Echo Fox founder commented: “Riot Games has been at the forefront of esports since it installed the LCS back in 2014. We are extremely honoured and proud that Echo Fox will be one of the charter franchises in North America and our selection further proves that Echo Fox will continue its ascent to becoming the number one esports organisation in the world”. Jared Jeffries, recently appointed President of the organisation commented: “We are on the forefront of something magnificent for the esports world and we’re looking forward to competing against nine other world class esports organisations to win this inaugural season”. The Echo Fox organisation now houses teams competing in 12 different esports titles and holds a roster of over 40 competitive players. League of Legends will be the organisations first venture into the “big three” esports titles and it’s quite the gig. Rick Fox will be up against some familiar faces as the Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets all field teams next year. Esports Insider says: Congratulations to Rick and the team. League is very different from many of the titles they compete in but here’s hoping they embrace the new league spot. There’s some big names in the NA LCS next year, that’s for sure.last_img read more

Snap Counts: DeAndre Washington, Raheem Mostert, Hayden Hurst, more potential fantasy breakouts, busts, waiver pickups

first_imgInjuries from Week 14 leave fantasy owners still alive in the fantasy playoffs looking for answers heading into Week 15, and NFL snap counts may provide more solutions than usual, just by virtue of so many new situations this late in the season. Injuries to Mike Evans, Josh Jacobs, Mark Andrews, and DeVante Parker have opened the door for guys like Breshad Perriman, DeAndre Washington, Hayden Hurst, and Allen Hurns. It’s also more obvious that there’s a new favorite back in San Francisco, as Raheem Mostert playing and producing.It’s never as easy as one replacement for an injured star, though. In Oakland, it’s a battle between Washington and Jalen Richard. The surprise was Washington catching more passes than Richard, but we’ll have to wait for official Jacobs news this week before knowing for sure on that competition. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIn Tampa Bay, Justin Watson actually emerged out of nowhere to catch more passes than Perriman, but Perriman played a lot more, so we try to determine how much to read into that. The same is true in Baltimore, where Nick Boyle played more than Hurst, but Hurst still feels like the better fantasy option. And in Miami, Allen Hurns and Isaiah Ford had nearly identical days in a number of ways.WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPThat’s not to mention Mostert, who, unlike the others, had another healthy player to deal with in the form of Matt Breida. That didn’t stop Mostert from backing up the reason he was in this article last week and standing out as the lead back for the Niners.MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsSome weeks, this article is meant to help you avoid busts and find sleepers already on your roster. This week, though, nearly all of these guys are available on the waiver wire as you look for injury replacements. Hopefully the analysis below can help you find the best choice.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endCheck out our 32-team breakdown of Week 14 snap counts here.Raiders Snap Counts: DeAndre Washington vs. Jalen RichardUpdate: Jacobs is expected to play in Week 15, making Washington just a handcuff.Josh Jacobs has reportedly been dealing with a fractured shoulder since Week 7, and he wound up sitting out Week 14. Jacobs is expected to get an MRI to see if he can play any more this year. If not, it will be a Washington-Richard tandem to carry the Oakland backfield.Washington looks to be the preferred option as a ball-carrier. He played 40 snaps to Richard’s 24 even though Oakland trailed for most of Sunday. Washington stayed in on a lot of passing downs, which was supposed to be Richard’s forte.The carries were 14-7 in favor of Washington (including all the goal-line carries), and Washington also caught six-of-seven targets compared to Richard catching two of three. Derek Carr has never been shy about dumping down to his running backs, so if Oakland lets Washington do that, too, it’s a boost to value that he already would’ve had by virtue of the carries.Oakland has the Jaguars and Chargers on its schedule the next two weeks, neither of which are amazing or terrible matchups for a running back. Washington should be one of the top waiver claims for this week, especially if we see that Jacobs truly is out for the year. MORE WEEK 15: Waiver pickups | Snap counts 49ers Snap Counts: Raheem Mostert vs. Matt Breida vs. Tevin ColemanWe told ourselves that maybe Breida’s return would prove Mostert’s Week 13 backfield dominance to be a fluke. It proved nothing of the sort, though. Mostert was on the field for 40 offensive plays, compared to 12 for Breida, and 11 for Coleman.It actually didn’t play out as drastically touch-wise as it could’ve — Mostert finished with 12 touches compared to seven for Breida and three for Coleman. Mostert did find the end zone through the air and on the ground, which is encouraging, too. Mostert’s snap dominance really suggests he should have had more touches. If he continues to play that much, some positive regression will come his way, and he already had a productive fantasy day despite the proportionally limited touches.If Mostert isn’t owned in your league, pick him up. Holding onto Breida because of his big-play ability might be fine, but if you need to make a move to help your team elsewhere during the fantasy playoffs, Breida and especially Coleman are droppable at this point. Ravens Snap Counts: Hayden Hurst vs. Nick Boyle vs. Mark AndrewsHurst and Boyle will only matter for fantasy purposes in Week 15 if Andrews’ knee injury keeps him out, but because the Ravens play on Thursday Night Football, there’s a decent chance that that happens. Hurst caught a 61-yard touchdown Sunday, which makes him look like the preferred choice (although Boyle caught a short-yardage touchdown himself, too). Hurst is known as the more athletic of the pair, with Boyle being a better blocker. Then you turn to the snap numbers, see Boyle outdid Hurst 54-28, and you wonder if you should second guess yourself.That’s why following these numbers all season is important. Andrews has almost always trailed Boyle in snaps (and sometimes Hurst, too) despite being wildly productive relative to his supposed backups. Since Baltimore runs so much, its snap numbers can be skewed. When the Ravens had any possible intention of throwing to Andrews, he’d be on the field. Hurst is more likely to fit that role than Boyle, who actually didn’t see much increase in playing time above normal and was no more productive than usual.It seems counter-intuitive to say Hurst seeing less relative snaps makes us want him more, but in this weird case with the Ravens, it does. That 61-yard TD told us all we need to know about Hurst’s ability, and he’s the handcuff/replacement every Andrews owner (and Ryan Griffin owner) should grab before Thursday Night Football.Dolphins Snap Counts: Allen Hurns vs. Isaiah Ford if DeVante Parker’s outThe Dolphins’ receiving corps thinned out in a hurry Sunday when both Parker and Albert Wilson were concussed in the first half. That meant that Hurns and Ford both got to step into the passing game and play big roles.Numbers-wise, it was actually Ford who slightly outdid Hurns. Ford caught six-of-nine targets for 92 yards, while Hurns caught five-of-eight for 68 yards. Hurns had run ahead of Ford on the depth chart earlier in the season and outsnapped him, 57-55, on Sunday.It’s really only season-long depth chart placement that has us thinking that Hurns is the preferred option here to Ford (along with his veteran status). Ford was a stud at Virginia Tech before being a 2017 seventh-rounder, so maybe there’s a bit of talent there, too.Miami closes out the fantasy playoff schedule with the Giants in Week 15 and Bengals in Week 16, so if Parker is out, it’s probably worth picking up a Dolphins wideout to stream if you need someone at the position (especially if you had Parker, Mike Evans or Calvin Ridley). Hurns does hold a slight edge for us, but if you watched a lot of that game and liked what you saw from Ford, there’s plenty of Week 14 data to back up his addition, too.Buccaneers Snap Counts: Breshad Perriman vs. Justin WatsonBruce Arians told reporters that Mike Evans (hamstring) is “very doubtful” for Week 15, so in an offense that passes as much as Tampa Bay, there has to be value somewhere. The two options are Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson, both of whom caught Week 14 touchdowns. Perriman has been the Bucs’ No. 3 WR for much of the year, and his snap count Sunday shows he’s still ahead of Watson, playing 65 offensive snaps compared to Watson’s 43. But Watson actually saw more targets, catching five-of-eight looks for 59 yards. Perriman showed off his big-play ability, catching three-of-five targets for 70 yards.In the long run, those extra 22 snaps Perriman played are enough to allow his big-play ability to win out and make him a better add than Watson. With Detroit’s leaky pass defense the next opponent for Tampa Bay, though, you can’t write off Watson entirely, either. If I had the choice, I’d definitely want Perriman to be my guy in season-long leagues in the fantasy playoffs (although maybe Watson has a PPR case), while Watson could be a super-cheap, low-owned option in Week 15 DFS contests.For snap count reactions for every team, click here.last_img read more

Olympics: Kenya to investigate missing Rio kits

first_imgThe inquiry will also look into the management of accreditations and usage of expenses, with Kenyan athletics hit by further troubles after team manager Michael Rotich was sent home from the Olympic village in a doping bribe scandal.In light of the recent turmoil, some politicians have called for the resignation of sports minister Hassan Wario.“The continued mismanagement of sports at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts has brought shame and dishonor to the nation as demonstrated in the current fiasco at the country’s Olympic camp in Rio,” said one official.Over the past three years some 40 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests, shredding their reputation for probity and laying bare the reality behind their reputation as the most dominant middle to long distance running nation in the world.The government only this month passed anti-doping legislation so that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) could take Kenya off its non-compliant list. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Kenyan government announced on Thursday it had opened an investigation over the alleged disappearance of Olympic kits worn by athletes at the Rio Games.Each Kenyan athlete was supposed to receive three different kits from the country’s equipment supplier, with one for training, another for competition as well as a leisure outfit.However some athletes claimed to have received only part of their kits, while others said they had received nothing at all.On Sunday, Nike complained to the Kenyan government about the misuse of the sportswear giant’s equipment, a repeat of a problem that surfaced at London 2012.“We are aware of the concerns that Kenyans have raised on the matter of Olympic kits, accreditation and overall mismanagement of our Olympic team,” said government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

2004 National Orders awards

first_img18 June 2004Forty-seven men and women have received South Africa’s highest honours for exceptional service rendered to their fellow countrymen and for the role they played in South Africa’s fight for freedom.President Thabo Mbeki bestowed the Order of the Baobab, Order of Luthuli, and Order of the Companions of OR Tambo on 25 South Africans and 22 foreign nationals at a gala ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Youth Day, 16 June.The recipients included diplomats, activists, trade unionists and “ordinary” people who made various extraordinary contributions to South Africa’s destiny. Order of the BaobabMbeki presented nine South Africans with the Order of the Baobab for distinguished service that went beyond the call of duty. They included:Brigalia Bam – the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission was honoured for her contribution to the democracy and the upliftment of women.Mirriam Cele – for devoting her adult life to providing homes for abused and abandoned children and Aids orphans.Frene Ginwala – South Africa’s former Speaker of Parliament was honoured for her contribution to the democracy and the upliftment of women.Allan Hendrickse – the reverend-turned-politician was honoured for the part he played in the struggle for democracy.Fabian Ribeiro, a Mamelodi doctor who was shot dead by security police in 1986, was honoured for his stance against apartheid and his role in community upliftment projects.Mpho Sebanyoni-Mothlasedi – a nurse who quit her to set up a hospice at Temba outside Hammanskraal.Cabangokuhle Zulu – a social worker who helped black veterans of World War II get welfare and pension payouts. Order of LuthuliMbeki presented 16 South Africans with the Order of Luthuli for for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice and peace. They included:Sol Plaatje (1876-1932) – politician, journalist, human rights campaigner, novelist and translator at the turn of the 20th century. A founder member of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1912, Plaatje spent lengthy periods away from home to campaign against laws aimed at the disenfranchisecment of his people. He was the first black South African to publish a novel in English (“Mhudi”) and to translate Shakespearean plays into Setswana. He was also one of the most influential of early African newspaper editors, and the first person ever to record Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.ZK Matthews (1925-1983) – distinguished Fort Hare academic, ANC chairman and treason triallist, ZK Matthews was one of the outstanding African academics and politicians of 20th century South Africa. He was also one of South Africa’s Christian leaders who saw to it that the gospel “escaped” from the hands of missionaries in order to be appropriated authentically by African communities.Thomas Nkobi (1922-1994) – the former ANC treasurer general and MP was a senior leader of the organisation and a key figure in the liberation struggle.Chief Frans Rasimphi Tshivhase – paramount chief of the Tshivhase people from 1930 until his death in 1952, credited with frustrating the apartheid government’s attempts to dispossess his people of their land.The Order of Luthuli was also bestowed on veteran anti-apartheid activists Amina Cachalia, Hilda Bernstein, Laloo Chiba, Mapetla Mohapi, Josie Mpama, Billy Nair, and Rita Ndzanga.Former Intelligence Minister Joe Nhlanhla, late Safety and Security Minister Steve Tshwete, former Pan Africanist Congress leader Clarence Makwetu, and the African National Congress’s former chief representative in the UK and Western Europe, Reginald September, also received the Order of Luthuli. Order of the Companions of OR TamboThe recipients of South Africa’s highest civilian award for foreign nationals went to 22 people who, through their roles in the struggle against colonialism worldwide, served as inspiration for the fight against apartheid. They included: Marti Ahtisaari – former UN commissioner who helped negotiate a settlement for Namibia’s independence.Salvador Allende – Chile’s first socialist president, killed in 1973 when his offices were bombarded during a coup.Kofi Annan – United Nations secretary-general since 1997.Ahmed Ben Bella – first president of independent Algeria.Amilcar Cabral – activist against Portuguese colonisation in Africa, murdered in Guinea in 1973.Martin Luther King Jnr – leading US black civil rights leader in the 1960s.Patrice Lumumba – first prime minister of independent Congo.Michael Manley – Jamaica’s prime minister from 1972 to 1980.Eduardo Mondlane – leader of the Mozambican liberation movement Frelimo, assassinated by the Portuguese secret police in Dar es Salaam in 1969.Agostinho Neto – Angola’s first post-colonial president and co-founder of the ruling MPLA.Kwame Nkrumah – first head of independent Ghana and one of the founders of the Organisation of African Unity.Julius Nyerere – founding president of Tanzania.Salim Ahmed Salim – former Tanzanian prime minister and OAU secretary-general from 1989 to 2001.Sweden’s Reiulf Steen and Thornvald Stoltenberg were among the other recipients of the order.Mbeki said the recipients of the orders stood out as beacons to guide South Africa on its journey to freedom, justice and equality.“Regardless of the long road we have to travel to translate this vision into reality, the people of South Africa are convinced that they must walk along the only highway in their universe on whose paved stones the words are engraved – we are one people, despite our diversity.”2004 national orders awards – II2003 national orders awards2002 national orders awardsSouth Africa’s national ordersOrders for ‘ordinary people’ reporterlast_img read more

South Africa helps to beat Ebola

first_img21 January 2015South Africa has deployed its first batch of trained health care professionals to work in Sierra Leone, in an effort to help contain the spread of Ebola in the country and other parts of West Africa.The team, comprising one medical doctor and about 10 nurses were recruited and trained by the Right to Care organisation, and will leave for Sierra Leone on 23 January. The Department of Health has already sent a team of experts from the National Health Laboratory Service to run mobile testing facilities in Sierra Leone.Right to Care chief medical officer Dr Pappie Majuba said many South African health care professionals had wanted to help in Sierra Leone, but they could not make part of the first team because of paper work.The organisation is working in collaboration with the national Department of Health.“The team will be in Sierra Leone for eight weeks and will be working with professionals who are already on sight in the country. When they return to South Africa, another team will be sent to replace them. It is an on-going process, and the number of professionals will be determined by the response and need,” said Majuba.West Africa has experienced the worst outbreak of Ebola since the disease was first identified in 1976. According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, there have been more than 21 000 reported cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and more than 8 300 deaths; 678 health care workers are known to have contracted Ebola, of whom 382 have died.Sierra Leone is the epicentre of the outbreak, with more than 10 000 known cases.Majuba said the team received intense training in South Africa, and would continue to receive further training in Sierra Leone before they started treating patients. Measures had been put in place to ensure that their chances of the disease were almost 0%.The teamNurse Ishmael Mbulawa, 27, is on the team. He had no fears or thoughts of contracting the disease, as he would be taking all precautionary measures, he said.“At the end of the day, I am doing this to save people’s lives and contain the disease. They (his family) should be proud that they have a representative in the team.”Nurse Neo Mokone, 28, said when she first heard about the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014, she felt a need to go help in the country. “I felt a need to go and help as an African and a nurse. I believe that nursing is my calling. we need to contain the disease before it breaks out even further to other countries.”Vaccine on the wayMeanwhile, South Africans are at the forefront of efforts to find a vaccination for the virus.Professor Helen Rees, executive director of Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) in Johannesburg and a world-renowned vaccinologist, chaired an expert meeting on Ebola vaccines in Geneva under the auspices of the WHO, on 8 January.It was the second high-level meeting on Ebola vaccines access and financing, and it reviewed the current status of clinical trials of vaccines and plans for Phase II and Phase III efficacy trials. It appears that the two vaccines being considered for Ebola are safe to be tested on healthy human volunteers, and trials are due to start soon.Also on the agenda were funding mechanisms for potential Ebola vaccine introduction and the process for decision-making on introduction beyond Phase III trials. This first high-level meeting was held on 23 October 2014.Health care workers were likely to be among the volunteers to test the vaccine, Wits RHI reported. Everything was being done to speed the normal trial phase of drug manufacture and to scale up production, meaning widespread availability of the vaccines may happen as early as later this year.However, there was some concern that the outbreak was on the wane, which would make it harder to test the effectiveness of the vaccines – though this would of course be very welcome news. Rees commented that only when the vaccines were available would it be possible to determine whether they should be rolled out to entire populations or focus on high-risk groups.Business Day newspaper reported on 19 January that South African health care workers in Sierra Leone might be among the frontline staff offered experimental vaccines when clinical trials got under way in West Africa in the next two months.Researchers and vaccine manufacturers are pushing ahead with plans to test whether three experimental Ebola vaccines are effective against the virus, racing against time as the number of patients falls.A clinical trial is due to begin in Liberia by the end of the month, and studies in Sierra Leone and Guinea will begin in February. It is likely to take up to six months to determine whether the vaccines are effective.Once clinical tests had been completed and the vaccines were found to be safe and effective, vaccination would be done by prioritising those greatest at risk of contracting Ebola; for example, frontline workers and close contacts of people proven to be infected with the virus, said the WHO.Pharmaceutical companies developing the vaccines had committed to ramp up production capacity for millions of doses to be available in 2015, with several hundred thousand ready before the end of the first half of the year. This could be the fastest vaccine roll-out in history.Ebola is a haemorrhagic fever that is spread through contact with bodily fluids of infected people or the highly contagious body of someone who has died of the virus. Burial practices that involved people touching and cleaning bodies of Ebola victims had helped fuel the outbreak.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Eden to host 3 matches but ICC rules out any India game

first_imgThe much awaited green signal has finally come to the Eden Gardens from the International Cricket Council (ICC).The Eden GardensStripped off the money-spinning India-England match by the ICC due to lack of preparedness, the Eden Gardens is set to hold the remaining three World Cup matches allotted to the venue.Kolkata fans can now look forward to some cricketing action as the venue is set to host the South Africa- Ireland match on March 15, the Ireland-Netherlands game on March 18 and the Zimbabwe- Kenya clash on March 20.Confirming the news that the threemember inspection team was happy with the progress in work, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said that the historical ground will hold the remaining matches. “I have received a preliminary report (after Monday’s inspection) and we are pleased with the progress made since January 25 and if that pace of work is maintained, we believe that the stadium will be ready for the games in March,” Lorgat said.An ICC official confirmed that a positive report has been sent to the tournament director which would be forwarded to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).”The report was sent this morning at 9am to the host tournament director with the request that it should be forwarded to the venue, in the usual manner,” he told MAIL TODAY. The CAB wanted the India- Ireland game to be shifted to Kolkata now that Bangalore already had the India- England match, but Lorgat squashed their hopes.”That will be extremely difficult. A shifting requires all sorts of logistical changes which may not be possible in such a short duration,” Lorgat said.advertisementAlthough the ICC will conduct two further inspections on February 14 and 22, a CAB official said that the report came as a huge relief after the January 25 fiasco when the ICC deemed the Eden unfit to host the February 27 match.”We are relieved. We were behind time, but we are not a new Test or ODI centre.Having held international matches for a while, I can assure you that although the ICC has decided to inspect the venue again, we are ready to hold World Cup matches,” he told MAIL TODAY . “It is easy to build new stadiums. But our establishment dates back to 1865. For us, while we brought in state- of- the- art facilities in keeping with the ICC’s guidelines, we had to ensure that we didn’t completely do away with our rich legacy.As a result, our work was very challenging,” he said.Some people have raised questions over the lack of giant screens and electronic scoreboard. But the CAB official said that the main work was done and the association was now waiting for the screens to arrive from BCCI.last_img read more