Measles outbreaks worrying, but ‘on-time’ childhood vaccination remains norm in U.S.

first_img Read Full Story The recent measles outbreak that spread through 17 states brought the issue of childhood vaccination into the headlines, leaving some with the impression that a growing movement of parents is questioning this cornerstone of public health. But there is good news, said K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As chair of a working group charged by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to look into national vaccine confidence, he found that the overwhelming majority of parents (80%-90%) are vaccinating their children on the physician-recommended schedule. The group will release recommendations for further boosting vaccination rates — and confidence in their safety — to HHS in July. Key among them: spreading the message that vaccination is the norm.“Parents who do vaccinate their children want to be supported,” Viswanath said. “Some have questions and doubts that they want to have clarified. They care for their children, and when they hear on the news that other parents are declining or delaying vaccinations, they wonder if they are making the right decision.”Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership, convened the vaccine confidence working group, which is part of HHS’s National Vaccine Advisory Committee, in 2013 when he was then serving as assistant secretary for health for HHS.last_img read more

New look Tusker lose to KCCA in friendly

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC’s Jackson Macharia tackles KCCA’s Steven Sserwadda. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 22- With two weeks left before the 2018 season of the Kenyan Premier League kicks off, new Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe was handed a reality check by Ugandan Premier League champions Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) in a 1-0 friendly loss on Monday afternoon.Steven Serwadda struck the lone goal in the 23rd minute of the tie to hand KCCA the win, a reprieve after they lost 4-2 to Kenyan champions Gor Mahia on Saturday in Nakuru. In the starting 11, Timbe fielded only five players who featured for the club last season with new boys Robert Achema, Eric Ambunya, Justine Omary, Apollo Otieno and Mathew Odongo all starting.Ambunya started out on the left side of defense with Omary partnering Eugene Asike in defense. Achema started off as the second striker while Odongo plied one of the wings.The visitors started on the front foot with Isaac Kirabira asking the first questions, trying to catch keeper Duncan Ochieng off guard with a dipping shot from distance, but the effort went over.Tusker’s first opportunity of the game came in the 19th minute when Boniface Muchiri cut to his favorite right foot from the left wing, but his shot was well collected by KCCA keeper Tom Ikara.KCCA who fielded a weakened side with most of their first team regulars away with the Uganda Cranes in the African nations Championship (CHAN) were enterprising and seemed hungrier with Allan Okello and Serwadda doing most of the work in attack.Tusker FC defender Eugine Asike tussle with KCCA players. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe early pressure paid off in the 23rd minute when Serwadda tapped home from close range after KCCA turned over possession with Okello breaking off on the right before cutting back a cross inside the box.Serwadda almost doubled his and the team’s tally 10 minutes later when he capitalized on a defensive lapse from the brewers but his shot from the edge of the six yard box went agonizingly wide.Timbe was forced into a sub with 15 minutes left on the clock, pulling out Achema who had struggled to click into the team and he brought on another new face, Edwin Lavatsa.The lanky former Gor Mahia forward almost announced himself in style when he glanced in a header from Muchiri’s cross, but the effort went wide.In the second half, Timbe started off by pulling out Timothy Otieno for Mike Khamati while another new boy Peter Nzuki was introduced for Mathew Odongo. These were changes aimed at bettering the attack.However, the second half had few chances in between with Muchiri attempting another effort with a shot from the left after drifting into a good shooting position, but the effort went wide.Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe issuing instructions to his team during their friendly match against KCCA. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKCCA’s teenage prodigy Okello caused some jitters in the 68th minute when he took on a daunting run from the right and drifted into the box, but his eventual shot was blocked for a corner by keeper Duncan Ochieng.Tusker piled pressure in the final minutes of the match, but their efforts to get an equalizer went up in smoke.KCCA will now play AFC Leopards on Wednesday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before completing their Kenyan tour with a tie against Sofapaka on Friday at the Narok Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boeing shows its colors

first_imgBoeing has unveiled a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks to urge the team on in the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday.Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area.”The Seahawks have been an inspiration to our entire community throughout this incredible season,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We’re honored that we could join together two Northwest icons, the Seahawks and the 747, for this special salute from the entire Boeing team.”This 747-8 is owned by Boeing and currently being used for flight testing. The special livery features the distinctive Seahawks logo and a “12” on the tail to salute the team’s fans. The airplane will make its first flight in its new livery on Thurs, January 30.And with such an event comes some fascinating comparison and stats.One of the most fascinating – and believable for anyone who has been to a Sea Hawks game – is that the crowd noise from the Sea Hawks fans is an incredible 38 times louder than a 747 at take-off.The other is that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s longest pass this season, 80 yards (240 ft.), was almost the same length as a 747-8 fuselage (243.5 ft.)”The 747 team is proud that one of our airplanes could be used as a tribute to the Seahawks’ success this season and a rallying cry for the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl,” said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager, 747 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.”The partnerships we have with the Seahawks and others are making a positive difference in the communities where Boeing employees live and work. We join with all Seahawks fans in wishing the team success on Sunday.”last_img read more

SA women golfers to defend All Africa Challenge title

first_img6 June 2014 Magda Kruger, Michaela Fletcher and Cara Gorlei will line up for South Africa as the country defends the prestigious All-Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 12 June. The prestigious biennial event is supported by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) and this year marks the first time that the AACT will also carry World Amateur Golf ranking points.Domination South Africa has dominated the winner’s circle since the inception of the championship in 1992, winning every year with the exception of 1996, when Egypt lifted the title at the Ikoyi Golf Club in Nigeria. Pretoria’s Kruger is ranked second and Fletcher, from Pietermaritzburg, is third on the current Women’s Golf South Africa (WGSA) senior rankings, while Gorlei, from Milnerton, ranks second on the junior and sixth in the senior standings.‘Strongest possible team’ “I believe we have chosen the strongest team possible to drive our title defence in Kenya,” WGSA President Karen Olivant, who will accompany the team to Nairobi, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Magda, Michaela and Cara have all claimed individual victories this season and they are quite determined to uphold South Africa’s proud tradition in the event. “However, the AACT brings together the best amateur golfers throughout Africa and the team will definitely face some stiff competition.” The AACT has enjoyed consistent growth since it launched with 12 countries represented at the first event. 17 countries This year’s edition has drawn entries from 17 countries, with the South African trio set to line up against the host nation and teams from Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Kenya will be hoping for a home victory from Naomi Wafula, the current Africa Junior champion and Kenya’s amateur stroke play champion, Josephine Ainley and Christina Engell Anderson. The Zimbabwean team will be anchored by the experienced Loice Chingono, and Zambia is sending the formidable Dawa sisters, Melissa and Tina, who performed well against Kruger and Fletcher during the Zambia Ladies Open at the Ndola Golf Club in March.‘Unknown entities’ “We know very little about the northern Africa countries, because we seldom compete against them,” Olivant said. “Quite often, it is the unknown entities that throw up the surprises. “It is a popular tournament, because most of the African nations don’t get the chance to travel to Europe or America often due to budget constraints. “The tournament offers the top players the chance to compete at international level and gain some much-needed competitive experience. The teams always show great enthusiasm throughout the tournament and the standard of golf has definitely improved in the last couple of editions of the AACT.” The format will be similar to the World Amateur Team Championship with the best two scores per round to count towards the daily team score in the 54-hole stroke play format. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

U.S., Canadian and Mexican farm groups support modernized NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional Agropecuario (CNA) today sent a joint letter to Canadian, United States and Mexican government officials reiterating their calls that NAFTA re-negotiations should aim to modernize the agreement, rather than dismantle it.The AFBF, CFA, and CNA agree that agriculture represents one of NAFTA’s biggest success stories. Agricultural reciprocal trade between the three countries has grown exponentially since the agreement was implemented more than 20 years ago.CFA President Ron Bonnett, strong in his support of the agreement, says that “NAFTA has boosted the incomes of millions of farmers and has facilitated the development of profitable export markets.”In their discussions, the three Presidents agreed on the need to build on the original agreement’s success by looking for ways to increase trade volumes.“When it comes to overall positive results for North America’s farmers and ranchers, NAFTA has proved itself as a solid foundation for trade. Just as farmers have new tools and technology for food and fiber production, we believe that an updated NAFTA agreement can help the three nations become even stronger trading partners,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said.CNA President Bosco de la Vega, reflecting on the economic benefits of trade, said it is very clear, “The NAFTA agreement has had a positive impact for the agricultural sector, including the exponential increase in trade flows between its partners; currently NAFTA markets are characterized by high level of complementarity, the possibility to face the challenge of food security in a better way, an open trade system with clear and fair rules. Taking these into account, we believe that today the NAFTA members have a big opportunity to even increase this positive outcome.”All parties further commit to meeting with their governments to insist that NAFTA re-negotiations should be built on the principle of “doing no harm.”NAFTA discussions should seek:• Increased and improved regulatory alignment.• Improved flow of goods at border crossings.• Further alignment of sanitary and phytosanitary measures using a science-based approach.• Elimination of non-science based technical barriers to trade.• Revisions that reflect technological advances since implementation such as digital trade, etc.Agriculture industries in each NAFTA country would greatly suffer from disruptions to trading relationships developed over the last 23 years. Farmers have increased productivity and improved their competitiveness to address the rapidly growing demand worldwide for healthy and sustainable food products. Losses due to NAFTA changes would severely stunt this progress.AFBF, CFA and CNA are committed to working with their respective administrations to ensure that a modernized NAFTA continues to be a success story for all farmers.last_img read more