Lecturer highlights the importance of malaria prevention

first_imgLast Friday, the George B. Craig Memorial Lecture series welcomed Tom Burkot of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine at James Cook University to speak about malaria and malaria prevention.George B. Craig established a world-renowned research program in mosquito biology and genetics at the Notre Dame before he died in 1995, according the College of Science webpage. The lecture series dedicated to Craig annually hosts a speaker to discuss research related to Craig’s studies.Burkot, who researched with Craig from 1974 to 1976, said Craig was an important scientist and likened him to Sir Ronald Ross, the man who discovered that mosquitos transmitted malaria.After moving backward through time, Burkot said he wanted to move forward for the rest of the lecture, by discussing the history of malaria prevention. After Ross’ discovery in the early 1900s, Burkot said the first major step toward malaria prevention was the discovery of the insecticide DDT in 1939.By 1955, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution that directed the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch a program to eliminate malaria worldwide, Burkot said. The method for eradication, he said, was spraying DDT on the inside of the walls of houses.“This was a huge military-like operation. In India alone, they had 390 National Malaria Eradication units … [and] 96,000 people in India working to eradicate malaria,” Burkot said. “To give you an idea of how much DDT was being used, USAID (United Stats Agency for International Development) was purchasing 60 million pounds of DDT for malaria control at the height of the program.”Though the program failed to completely eradicate malaria worldwide, Burkot said it achieved elimination in 11 out of 52 countries and partial elimination in another 11 countries.Burkot said the next preventative measure came in the 1980s when insecticide treated nets (ITNs) were created. These nets, which were treated with insecticides and placed around the beds in the home, were an important creation for the prevention of malaria, Burkot said.“[An ITN] had the ability of protecting people, even if they were just in the house and not sleeping underneath the net,” Burkot said. “In fact, it was also shown … that there was a mass killing affect.“If you had high usage of these nets in the village you could actually decrease the mosquito population to the extent that there would be a lowering of the transmission of malaria in an adjacent village that didn’t have the nets. If you had full net coverage you could prevent about 370,000 child deaths per year from malaria.”Burkot said ITNs and indoor residual spraying — spraying the inside the walls of homes — are methods of malaria control that work and thus are still currently being used.Looking into the future, Burkot said the goal is a 90 percent reduction of malaria incidence and mortality rates by 2030 through universal access to long lasting nets and indoor residual spraying. Though there are many challenges to these two methods, Burkot said there are new tools being developed to help reach this goal.“I’m an optimist,” Burkot said. “I think that malaria eradication is achievable. I think there are significant challenges to be faced in the coming years, but I think they are not insurmountable, and with the resources we have available, I think we can eliminate malaria.”Tags: George B. Craig Memorial Lecture, Malaria Lecture, Malaria prevention, Tom Burkotlast_img read more

Gold Coast mansion the ultimate party house

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: The value of a view01:16 There’s an effortless flow between the indoor and outdoor areas. The outdoor entertainment areas are seamlessly integrated with the main inside living zones thanks to glass stacker doors, which allow the house to be fully opened up creating an indoor/outdoor haven. Alfresco entertaining is a breeze thanks to an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, heating, fans and strip lighting in a bespoke concrete beam. Two bedrooms with ensuites, as well as a multipurpose room, gym and laundry complete the ground floor. The main bedroom sits in a private wing on the second level and offers a balcony, ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and study. Two further bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes and ensuites are also on the top floor in a separate wing. The owner Karen Flynn is selling to downsize now her children have moved away from home. The five-bedroom house at 15 Cleland Cres is on the market with a $7.495 million price tag. MORE NEWS: The city which won Australia’s popularity contest Check out those city views. The 2000-bottle cellar ensures each event will be well catered for with wine.Marketing agent Jordan Williams, of JW Prestige Agents, said the mansion was a “modern, industrial masterpiece.”“There’s not really any house like it on the Gold Coast,” he said. “It boasts over 30m of due north main river frontage, which is very rare especially in Broadbeach Waters. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It is also built 300mm above traditional flood level so it has an elevated position looking down to the Nerang River and unbelievable skyline views.” MORE NEWS: Would you buy a half-built house? By the fireplace is the perfect spot for an intimate winter gathering. Looking for the ultimate entertainer? A luxury mansion at 15 Cleland Cres, Broadbeach Waters, is suitable for any occasion.THOSE who enjoy entertaining will feel right at home at this luxury waterfront mansion. Whether it be a lavish soiree, summer pool party or the ultimate New Year’s Eve gathering with champagne and front seat views of the fireworks, the house is suitable for any occasion. The contemporary Broadbeach Waters home has a main river position and offers unparalleled views of the city skyline. It was built four years ago and designed by renowned architect Adam Beck of BDA Architects. Did someone say pool party? And the kitchen will make cooking for the masses a breeze.Mr Williams said the grand abode was the ultimate entertainer.“We have been approached by Samsung and movie production companies to host events there,” he said. “My favourite part of the house would have to be the fireplace in the lounge room, just sitting there looking out at main river.” It has a modern, industrial style.The mansion has a striking stone and timber facade and makes an impressive first statement. The front door opens to a wide hallway, which leads past the centrepiece of the home — a solar-heated pool and spa surrounded by a ModWood deck and landscaped gardens. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer outlooks to the pool area and river views that lie just beyond. The floorplan then opens to the main living area with a sleek kitchen, dining room and a cosy living room, which sits under a double-height ceiling with feature pendant lighting. A fireplace within a cobblestoned feature wall adds to the ambience of this zone, as does the glass encased, 2000-bottle wine cellar, which is temperature controlled. last_img read more

Katie Taylor sees path to undisputed lightweight crown, mega bout with Amanda Serrano

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Katie Taylor vs. Rose Volante on March 15Although Taylor is well aware that the fight blueprint has been rolled out, she vows to only hone in on the title unification first.“This is a huge, huge fight for me. I always said all along that I’d love to become the undisputed champion, but the girls also have to take the fights. So, for this fight to be made, it was absolutely huge for me — a chance to unify the division,” Taylor told Sporting News after a press conference in Philadelphia to formally announce the fight Tuesday. “She’s a strong champion, a very, very proud champion, so it’s going to be an exciting fight. She has a big right hand, a strong punch. She’s very aggressive. Yeah, it’s going to be a great fight. Yeah, it’s going to bring the best out of me.”She added: “If I do overcome Rosa Volante, the next fight would be Delfine Persoon. That’s a huge fight. Obviously, Persoon is a long-reigning champion. If all goes well, we’ll have Amanda Serrano by the end of the year as well.”Seeing this fight plan formulate before her very eyes sort of stands as a self-fulfilling prophecy from the conversation the Olympic gold medalist first had with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.“When I first sat down with Eddie Hearn two years ago, before I signed with him, I said I’d love to become the undisputed champion, I want to make history in this sport, I want to leave a great legacy and we’re on the right path in doing that,” Taylor said. “[Being crowned undisputed champ] would definitely overtake the Olympics for me.”Since turning pro in November 2016, Taylor has built herself up to being a ferocious puncher, with a willingness to stay in the pocket and slug it out — onslaughts that none of her 12 opponents have been able to withstand.The fourth quarter of her 2018 ring resume had Taylor dominating Cindy Serrano, Amanda’s older sister, to a unanimous decision in October, before defeating Eva Wahlstrom by the same route in December.Following the former bout, Taylor had a locker room visit from fellow Irish star Conor McGregor. She joked with him that she was thinking about doing the outlandish “Conor McGregor walk,” drawing huge laughter from the MMA star. While actually doing something like that would be out of Taylor’s demure outside-the-ring personality, inside the ring she’s demanding her respect with blunt force just as McGregor implored her to. When the laughter between the combat sports’ stars subsided, McGregor called her an “Irish hero,” saying it was “an honor” to visit her in a show of support.Now, imagine how many chapters could be added to Taylor’s growing legend if she successfully runs the gamut in front of her unscathed … and with all the gold.Amanda Serrano signing a reported three-fight co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing in October would seemingly make the collision course between her and Taylor seem imminent.However, for such a clash to take shape at full blast, Taylor says she and Serrano have to keep putting up Ws in their respective fights leading up to that point. Otherwise, the fight will lose some of its sizzle.“Obviously, I have to keep winning, she has to keep winning for the fight to make sense,” Taylor said.If that does indeed happen, though, Taylor believes a fight with Serrano can headline a card in a huge box-office venue in the U.S.“I’ve said all along that that’s probably the biggest fight in women’s boxing right now — a fight that can actually headline a big stadium here as well,” Taylor said. “It’s huge for both of us and a history-making fight.” It’s not even February yet, but Katie Taylor is staring down the prospects of 2019 being her biggest year yet.The WBA/IBF lightweight champion will face WBO lightweight champion Rose Volante in a title-unification bout at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia during St. Patrick’s Day weekend on March 15. Taylor (12-0, 5 KOs) defeating Volante (14-0, 8 KOs) would bring the Irish sensation one step closer to being crowned undisputed champ of the division. From there, a fight with WBC titleholder Delfine Persoon would seem imminent, with a mega bout pitting Taylor against seven-division champion Amanda Serrano as a blockbuster way to end 2019. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearShe added: “Amanda Serrano is obviously an amazing fighter. For the two of us to step in the ring together, it’s only going to be fireworks. It’s going to be such an exciting fight, a toe-to-toe fight. We’re both going to have to show a lot of heart in that fight. It’s going to be more about skill, but also about heart as well.”Taylor can take one giant step toward that path with a win over Volante on March 15.last_img read more

San Francisco bans plastic grocery bags

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – After weeks of intense lobbying from environmentalists and a supermarket trade group, city lawmakers approved a ban Tuesday on plastic grocery bags, a first for a U.S. city. The law adopted on a 10-1 vote requires large markets and drugstores to give customers only the choice of bags made of paper that can be recycled, plastic that breaks down easily enough to be made into compost or reusable cloth. San Francisco supervisors and supporters said that by banning the petroleum-based sacks blamed for littering streets and choking marine life, the measure would go a long way toward helping the city earn its green stripes. “Hopefully, other cities and states will follow suit,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who crafted the ban after trying to get a 15-cent per bag tax passed in 2005. The new breed of bags “offers consumers a way out of a false choice, a way out of the paper or plastic dilemma,” Noble said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 50 grocery stores that would be most affected by the legislation argued that the ban was not reasonable because plastic bags made of corn byproducts are a relatively new, expensive and untested product. Some said they might offer only paper bags at checkout. “I think what grocers will do now that this has passed is they will review all their options and decide what they think works best for them economically,” said David Heylen, a spokesman for the California Grocers Association. Mayor Gavin Newsom supported the measure and is expected to sign it into law. The switch is scheduled to take effect in six months for grocery stores and in one year for pharmacies. Craig Noble, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said it would be disappointing if grocers rejected the biodegradable plastic bag option since more trees would have to be cut down if paper bag use increases. last_img read more

Bret Davis elected secretary of American Soybean Association

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently elected executive committee members to lead its organization in 2019. Bret Davis, Ohio soybean farmer and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) board member from Delaware County, was elected as Secretary.The American Soybean Association (ASA) represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean producing states and more than 300,000 soybean farmers.“We are happy to see Bret elected to this leadership position,” said Kirk Merritt, OSA executive director. “Bret has a passion for soybean advocacy and is a leader at both the state and national levels. He will make Ohio proud.”Bret previously served as an At-Large Member on ASA’s Governing Committee and as OSA President, Chairman, Vice President and Treasurer. He grows 3,400 acres of soybeans and corn on his family farm in Delaware County. In addition to his work with ASA and OSA, Bret holds a designation as a Certified Crop Advisor and is a past president of both the FSA Board and the Delaware County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the FFA and earned his American FFA Degree. Bret also previously served on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees.“I am proud to serve the American Soybean Association as their secretary and represent Ohio soybean farmers,” Davis said. “I know that all of my fellow farmer leaders at the national level stand ready to ensure that our leaders in Washington D.C. hear your voice.”last_img read more

NTL Event Survey

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is asking for feedback from the recent 2009 X-Blades National Touch League. To provide feedback, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Jy6wbTVS5s3EkD1sRvnHSg_3d_3d TFA is committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at its national events, and your responses to the questions within this survey will greatly assist us in this regards.There will be a National Touch League occurring in March 2010 and the actual dates and venue will be communicated in April or early May.Attached is information is information in relation to the proposed future and direction of national events.Related Filesnec_comm_111108_01-pdflast_img read more

Hugh Jackman Attends Fashion For Haiti Event

first_imgDonna Karan, together with the CFDA and eBay, celebrated the launch of “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts” on Thursday, April 11th with a celebratory cocktail reception at Urban Zen.Hugh Jackman, Donna Karan, Deborra-Lee Furniss, Steven KolbCredit/Copyright: Billy Farrell, via FTP EdelmanDesigners and industry influencers gathered to support the project which will benefit the Haitian Artisan Project – a special project from Donna Karan’s Urban Zen organization. Among those who attended were Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness, Kenneth Cole, Vera Wang, Rachel Roy, Charlotte Ronson, Nicole Miller, Mara Hoffman, Monica Botkier, Pamela Love, Olivier Theyskens and Anna Corinna Sellinger.Hugh Jackman at Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts Launch EventCredit/Copyright: Billy Farrell, via FTP EdelmanThe “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts” collection will be auctioned off exclusively on eBay, eBay.com/fashionforhaiti, beginning on Monday, April 22 at 11AM ET / 8AM PT through May 2. During this time, you can bid on the designer-embellished hearts ornaments, with 100% of proceeds from the auction benefitting Urban Zen’s Artisan program, which is dedicated to creating jobs, vocational education, and highlighting the creativity of Haiti’s artisans. eBay has a legacy of partnering with designers and celebrities to raise funds for charitable causes and celebrating original design is an important part of that vision. With “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts,” eBay will provide its global platform to raise awareness and financial support for this important cause.The world’s largest marketplace and leading platform for charitable giving eBay has partnered with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation and the CFDA (Council for American Fashion Designers) for “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts,” a collective partnership that brings together more than 150 CFDA designers, including Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Olivier Theyskens and more in an effort to raise social consciousness and funds for the Haitian Artisan Project.last_img read more

Trudeau Macron mount transatlantic press on Trumps pending steel tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada and its European allies mounted a transatlantic counter offensive Wednesday to stop the Trump administration from imposing potentially punishing and disruptive tariffs on steel and aluminum later this week.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron made their cases separately to dissuade President Donald Trump from using a national-security clause in U.S. trade law to impose potentially crippling tariffs on Canada, Mexico and Europe, which were provisionally exempted from the duties when they were first imposed in March.Those exemptions are due to expire Friday, and if they are not renewed, Trudeau said consumers in both Canada and the U.S. would be hurt. Macron echoed those concerns, and issued a broader warning against starting a trade war.Trump’s two key economic cabinet members — trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — were in Paris on Wednesday to face nervous European Union counterparts and hear their concerns first hand.Ross stared down the concerns by questioning the efficiency of the World Trade Organization and other large institutions: “We would operate within frameworks if we were convinced that people would move quickly.”The steel standoff highlighted the rift over the rules-based international trade order that is likely to be on full display when Trudeau hosts the G7 leaders next week: a skeptical Trump on one side facing down the rest of the G7, including Trudeau.Macron and Trudeau are to meet in Ottawa next week ahead of the G7 summit in Quebec to talk strategy.Trudeau described Wednesday how he pushed U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence during a phone call a day earlier to exempt Canadian steel and aluminum imports to the U.S.The prime minister said the government is dealing with the U.S. on multiple economic fronts, including trying to forge a deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are pushing hard to get a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA before Congressional elections in the fall and what’s expected to be a turning-point election in Mexico on July 1.Trudeau and his cabinet, as well as premiers and business leaders, have been mounting a full-court press on their American counterparts to prevent Trump from killing NAFTA.Trudeau also spoke by phone Wednesday to the premiers of Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.“They all agreed to continue to defend the Canadian steel and aluminum industry from unwarranted tariffs and to stand up for the best interests of all Canadian workers and businesses,” said a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office.Trudeau himself has made multiple overtures to find common ground and forge a personal connection with Trump.Trudeau emphasized that when he spoke to Pence.“I had a good conversation with the vice president yesterday and obviously impressed upon him the fact that I’ve been having direct conversations with the president for close to a year now,” said Trudeau.“He seemed to understand very clearly that national-security issues don’t really apply when you talk about steel or aluminum from Canada.”Canadian aluminum is a component of American jets and Canadian steel is used to build U.S. armoured vehicles, Trudeau said.“We’re continuing to work, highlighting that it would be not great for Canadian workers and Canadian industry, obviously, but it also would be difficult for American workers, American jobs and American consumers, who will pay more for various products.”Macron told the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris that “threats over trade war will solve nothing of the serious imbalances.”In a dig at Trump, he said: “One can think about making voters happy by saying: ‘I have a victory, I’ll change the rules, you’ll see.’”The EU has promised retaliation if the U.S. tariffs are imposed saying a range of American products from peanut butter to bourbon will be affected.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who pushed the steel and NAFTA issues during her meeting Tuesday in Washington with Lighthizer, has also said in the past that Canada would retaliate.“I would like to absolutely assure Canadians, particularly those that work in the steel and aluminum industries, that the government is absolutely prepared to and will defend Canadian industries and Canadian jobs,” she said Wednesday in Ottawa, hours after leaving Washington empty-handed.“We will respond appropriately.”last_img read more

Old Fort residents receive gift cards

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The residents affected by the Old Fort landslide were given gift cards on Monday as part of the continuing community support.In partnership with St. John Advertising and Promotion and Casey’s Pub, a community Halloween Party fundraiser was held last month to raise funds to support the evacuees.The money raised was then converted to gift cards and handed out to residents in goody bags. Julie Roach-Burns, of St. John Advertising and Promotion, says Save On Foods has joined in on the support and is giving discounts to Old Fort residents that need to replenish food items that had expired during the evacuation order.“Save On Foods was here, and Cory one of the store managers announced that there are coupons in everyone’s gift bags giving 15-percent off when they go to replenish their entire house. So when they’re ready for the big shop, they use that coupon and get 15-percent off their purchase”, said Roach-Burns.Roach-Burns says any Old Fort residents that were unable to make it to the giveaway on Monday is welcome to drop by to St. John Advertising and Promotion, located at 8211-100 Avenue, to receive their goody bag.last_img read more

Police nab man with heroin worth Rs 2L

first_imgKolkata: The narcotics cell under Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police has nabbed a person with heroin worth Rs 2 lakh from in front of the police morgue located behind the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH)The man has been identified as Arvind Singh. According to a source, police officers recently got a tip-off that the heroin smuggler was operating in and around Sealdah-College Street area. Based on the information, police officers came to know that Singh sold heroin to school and college students in the city through a few local drug peddlers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDetective Department personnel came to know that the area behind the medical college and hospital has turned into a hub of drug addicts since the past few days. During investigation, sleuths came to know that Singh operated from the area. Police officers immediately started search operations to nab Singh at his residential area in Girish Park but were not able to locate him. On Wednesday evening, a source of police informed that Singh has been seen around CMCH. Immediately, a team from DD raided the spot in front of the police morgue behind CMCH and arrested Singh. Sleuths have also seized 275 grams of heroin from him which he intended to hand over to some drug peddlers who allegedly did not come. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the police, the increase in drug addiction in students has become a major issue since the past few months. Recently several drug dealers and drug peddlers have been arrested, who sold ganja, heroin and other drugs to school and college students. To curb the menace, police are mulling to get in touch with school and college authorities and make an initiative to conduct counselling sessions for students to prevent them from getting addicted to drugs. On March 14, police officers had arrested two persons and seized 4kg ganja. Sleuths came to know that drug peddlers were trying to sell ganja to students of various schools and colleges. Three more were arrested with other drugs from multiple locations. They also sold drugs to students. Singh’s name cropped up during investigation in these cases.last_img read more