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Pakistan resumes polio campaign after coronavirus pause

first_imgThe drive will first target 800,000 children under the age of five in districts where polio is in continuous circulation — including in parts of Quetta, Karachi and Lahore — before broadening to a nationwide campaign by the end of the year.Health minister Zafar Mirza said the program was restarting as a result of the coronavirus situation in Pakistan improving. Authorities have declared more than a quarter of a million coronavirus cases, although with low testing the true figure is expected to be much higher.Rana Muhammad Safdar, who is leading the polio eradication program, said the temporary suspension had “widened the immunity gap among vulnerable children significantly”.Gains made at the start of year had been reversed, he added, after cases jumped to 147 in 2019, up from 12 in 2018.So far this year 60 cases have been reported, but experts said the impact of the pause could take months to emerge.The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF warned in May that millions of children were at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted routine immunization services around the world.Pakistan is one of only two countries where polio remains endemic. The other is neighboring Afghanistan, where last month officials detected the disease in areas previously declared free of it, following a similar pause in vaccinations.Inoculation teams in both countries are often viewed with suspicion.Opposition grew after the CIA organized a fake vaccination drive to help track down Al-Qaeda’s former leader Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.As Pakistan has tried to eliminate polio, a new challenge has emerged in the form of a growing global movement against vaccinations.The phenomenon has attracted adherents worldwide, fuelled by medically baseless claims and proliferated on social media, resulting in a resurgence of once-eradicated, highly contagious diseases. Topics : “Right now we can’t say what impact the four-month suspension will have on our fight against polio, but one thing is sure — that the current year is going to be worse than the previous years in regard to the number of new cases,” Zulfiqar Babakhel, a spokesman for the country’s vaccination authority, told AFP. As well as the pause to the campaign, a further 2.8 million newborns also missed out on polio vaccinations, he said.Muhammad Nadeem, a 63-year-old shopkeeper from Karachi, said his family had been waiting anxiously for their two-year-old son to be vaccinated against the highly infectious disease.”It is a matter of our son’s future, and today we are finally feeling relieved after four months of fear and impatience,” he said.center_img Pakistan resumed its polio vaccination campaign Monday after a four-month pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, which health authorities feared would cause a surge in cases of the crippling disease.The country is one of only two in the world where polio is still a serious problem.Vaccination teams in the southern port city of Karachi went door to door, flanked by armed police, administering polio drops into children’s mouths without touching them, in line with new coronavirus safety guidelines.last_img read more

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Broadbeach Waters home sells for $1.4 million

first_img14 Andrea Ave, Broadbeach Waters. 14 Andrea Ave, Broadbeach Waters.AN INTERSTATE Chinese buyer paid $1.4 million for a waterfront property in Broadbeach Waters.The four-bedder at 14 Andrea Drive offers sleek and modern living areas with plenty of timber and high-end finishes.“Tranquillity and a sense of space describe the atmosphere in this immaculate single-level home, positioned in the ‘golden triangle’,” the listing states.“All finishes throughout are top quality, making for easy maintenance, while the layout creates a great family home.” 14 Andrea Ave, Broadbeach Waters.The property last sold in 2012 for $1.05 million. Before that it changed hands in 2008 for $1.25 million.The median house price in Broadbeach Waters is $1.1 million, up 60 per cent over five years. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago14 Andrea Ave, Broadbeach Waters.A pool, resort-style barbecue pavilion and jetty create the perfect entertainer’s haven.Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo handled the sale.CoreLogic records show the house was rented out at $1,100 per week. 14 Andrea Ave, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

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BST Sprint Series opens this weekend at Phillips County, I-76

first_imgHOLYOKE, Colo. (April 23) – IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars make their Colorado debut this weekend, with BST Series dates at Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke and I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan. Racing starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Phillips County. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also on the card.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under.Late models and econos also run April 27 at I-76, where racing gets underway at 1 p.m. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under.Pit passes are $30 each night.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded for both shows. More information is available from Tour Director Joe Bellm at 720 404-0400 and at the www.bstracing.com website.last_img read more

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United return to winning ways

first_img Patrice Evra brought a decent save out of Tremmel at the other end, with the German goalkeeper also diving low to prevent Welbeck and Valencia reaching Kagawa’s low cross. Tremmel was helpless though when Januzaj and Valencia combined to release Kagawa, who flicked an intelligent cross into the box that should have brought the opener. Welbeck had enough room to do what he wanted. Bravely he went for the far post but was left turning in despair as the ball rolled narrowly wide. The England international knew what a superb chance it was. Sat high above, so did Van Persie. A sense of anxiety started to take hold, so it was just as well United made that fast start to the second period. Januzaj created the opener, wriggling free by the touchline before dropping a cross on the six-yard line. Ashley Williams’ attempt to clear led only to the Swansea skipper flicking the ball to Kagawa, whose powerful header was palmed away by Tremmel. Valencia was ready for the rebound, ramming it gleefully into the net to sighs of relief from the home support. In their present fragile state, United could not afford to settle and poured forward looking for a second. A vital touch from Williams prevented Evra’s low cross from presenting Welbeck with a tap-in, before Kagawa blazed over from 20 yards. United refused to let their heads drop. And when Evra nudged the ball into the area, after initially looking like he was set to shoot, there was enough momentum behind it for Welbeck to find the corner with a deft flick. With Januzaj outstanding and Kagawa providing valuable support, some of the hosts’ old swagger began to return. They looked certain to get a third goal but Smalling somehow managed to scoop over from barely three yards after being picked out, completely unmarked, at the far post by Kagawa. It was the Japan star’s turn to fail with goal at his mercy shortly afterwards when Rafael fed him after leading a rapid break from deep inside his own half. Kagawa seemed to have done everything right, only for Leon Britton to get back on the line to clear a shot that just lacked enough pace to get it over. At Old Trafford, where Swansea won for the first time in last weekend’s FA Cup tie, the Welsh side were unable to repeat their heroics as United rediscovered the form that earned them six straight wins before that awful start to 2014. The tension created by a goalless opening 45 minutes, in which the brilliant Adnan Januzaj curled a free-kick against the bar and Welbeck missed a sitter, was broken straight after the break when Valencia rammed home from close range. Manchester United halted their three-match losing streak as second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck secured a 2-0 win over Swansea and eased the pressure on beleaguered manager David Moyes. Welbeck’s sixth goal in nine games on the hour made the game safe, although an abysmal miss from Chris Smalling and a goal-line clearance from Leon Britton to deny Shinji Kagawa prevented United adding the extra gloss. With a week before his side’s visit to Chelsea, Moyes might be able to do some business in the transfer market, although the sight of Robin van Persie in the stands and the knowledge Wayne Rooney is warm-weather training in Egypt underlines the class United are presently missing. With Sir Alex Ferguson, whose presence at games has been such a talking point, absent on a family holiday, United started with purpose, keen to avoid suffering a fourth straight defeat for the first time since the 1961. Nemanja Vidic volleyed over from close range, although the Serbian evidently felt he should have had a penalty for a push in the back by Jordi Amat that prevented him challenging for the initial header. Januzaj had taken the free-kick and it is a measure of the progress made by the 18-year-old this season he was also entrusted with another, from a far more central position, shortly afterwards after Welbeck was sent crashing. He hit the shot sweetly and Gerhard Tremmel was struggling to reach it. However, the Swansea goalkeeper was saved by his crossbar, which rattled as the ball bounced away to safety. The shot proved to be the end of that early United thrust as the visitors pieced together their fluent passing game, denying the home side possession, which in turn made them jittery. Had Wayne Routledge been able to pick out a team-mate with an intelligent cut-back, United would have been in trouble. Instead, Michael Carrick kept a cool head to tidy up inside his own area. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mother Accused in Newborn Dumpster Case Wants Confession Thrown Out

first_imgThe woman accused of throwing her newborn child into a dumpster in West Boca Raton earlier this year is asking to have her confession thrown out.Rafaelle Sousa was arrested in May, when her newborn baby girl was found inside a dumpster, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She admitted to to delivering the infant, placing her in a bag, and then throwing her in the dumpster.The 35-year-old Sousa also told authorities she went back twice in order to ensure the baby was dead, but did not approach the bag because there were people in the area. The girl was returned to her father’s custody in July.Court documents show Sousa’s lawyers filed a motion to suppress her statements last Monday, claiming that her Miranda rights were not read to her properly because of a language barrier.Sousa’s lawyers explain she is from Brazil and only communicates in Portuguese. They claim that detectives “failed to give a core warning under Miranda” to Sousa, and that she was not informed what she said could be used against her in court.She has a hearing scheduled for December 19 at 3 p.m.last_img read more

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Officials Help 20 Suspected Human Trafficking Victims in Super Bowl Crackdown

first_imgLaw enforcement officials were prepared to address the human trafficking issue during Super Bowl week, and those efforts paid off.According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney, authorities recovered 20 suspected human trafficking victims during Super Bowl LIV. Four of those victims said they lived in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, although the remainder said they were from other states and four foreign countries.The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Miami-Dade, Miami Beach and City of Miami Police Departments, as well as other local law enforcement agencies, the local Super Bowl Host Committee and the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade partnered in order to prevent potential human trafficking activities in the days leading up to and after the big game.My #EndHumanTrafficking Task Force & partners @SDFLnews @FBIMiamiFL @DHSgov @MiamiDadePD @MiamiBeachPD @MiamiPD & other local law enforcement agencies, @MIASBLIV Host Committee & @WomensFundMiami were able to recover 20 victims of Human Trafficking before/during the event. pic.twitter.com/Bitb5fjPtA— Kathy Rundle (@KathyFndzRundle) February 20, 2020 “Trafficking survivors and other experts had previously warned us that our community would attract human traffickers that look to take advantage of the economic impact and influx of visitors produced by the Super Bowl itself,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says. “That is why we joined forces with local, state and federal agencies and community organizations to tackle this threat successfully as one team”.Out of the five human trafficking charges filed against individuals, three of them were filed as federal crimes, while the other two were filed as violations of Florida law, the Miami-Dade State Attorney says. Eight buyers, or “Johns,” as well as 34 accomplices were also arrested on human trafficking charges.last_img read more

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Barcelona FC midfielder Ivan Rakitic willing to risk coronavirus to play again

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona FC midfielder Ivan Rakitic has said he wants to start playing again and for that he is even prepared to risk catching the coronavirus.Speaking in Spanish sports paper Diario Marca ahead of a possible return to individual training for Spain’s professional footballers on May 4, Rakitic said: “I want to play. It’s obvious that we have to try and return with the best guarantees possible, but we have to know it is never going to be 100 percent”, reports Xinhua news agency.“However, all of the workers who return to work are going to have some risk, supermarket employees have to get changed in dressing rooms and have the same chance of getting infected as we’ll do.”“They are willing to take a risk and they accept it,” said the midfielder.Rakitic was asked if he was willing to be infected by the coronavirus and he said “without doubt and I say that knowing the risk is very small, but also to show solidarity for those who have been risking themselves for us from the start of the crisis and I am sure they will do so for a lot longer.”“Football is very important for a lot of people and the proof of that is that it moves such a lot of money,” said Rakitic. IANSAlso Read: Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has strained hamstring muscleAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more

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Camp Kesem holds bone marrow drive

first_imgMariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanCamp Kesem held a Delete Blood Cancer registration drive on Wednesday to encourage people to sign up to be bone marrow donors. Participants filled out a short form and had their cheeks swabbed to determine elgibility.  Camp Kesem is an organization that supports children whose parents are diagnosed with cancer.last_img

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Women of Troy head to Oregon to face conference’s hottest teams

first_imgThe Women of Troy hit the road this weekend to play Pac-12 leader Oregon State and Oregon. Both Oregon schools have winning records in conference, and USC will have their hands full this weekend.“You could argue that these two are the hottest teams in the league right now,” associate head coach Beth Burns said.USC (18-8, 6-8) will first head to Corvallis, Oregon, on Friday to play No. 7 Oregon State (22-3, 13-1).  Oregon State has been phenomenal all season, only losing once in conference play to UCLA Jan. 4. Since then, the Beavers have won 12 in a row, including a 67-44 blowout of fellow Pac-12 competitor No. 9 ASU.Oregon State has stifled opponents with their defense all year, limiting opponents to 50.1 points per game, which makes them fifth best in the nation. The Beavers have been exceptional at protecting the paint this season and the Women of Troy will need to be able to make the most of their opportunities if they hope to defeat the red-hot Beavers.“We really worked hard this week on making shots,” Burns said. “It’s really hard getting paint points against Oregon State since they’re so long and so big.”Senior guard Jamie Weisner is Oregon State’s best player.  Weisner has been stellar for the Beavers all season — averaging 17.4 points per game — and is coming off a career-high 27-point performance against Utah.  She has been the leader of the Beavers’ offense all season long and the team will need to try and limit her production if they hope to leave Corvallis with a win. Weisner had 14 points against the Women of Troy in the Beaver’s matchup against USC.USC then heads to Eugene, Oregon to play a Ducks team that has been playing well as of late.  The Ducks (19-6, 8-6) started out the season undefeated before struggling in conference play, including a loss at USC on Jan. 4. However, the Ducks have won five straight and are 8-1 in their last nine games with the lone loss coming to No. 9 ASU.  The Ducks are also one of the highest scoring teams in the nation — averaging 75 points per game — and USC will have their hands full when they visit Eugene.The player to watch from Oregon is senior forward Jillian Alleyne — who is currently averaging 18.6 points per game.  Alleyne is from nearby Fontana and is one of the best players in the NCAA.  She was rated No. 16 in ESPNW’s preseason list of the top 25 players in the nation and has not disappointed with her performance this season.  She is a key cog in the Duck’s high-powered offense and USC has to make it a focal point to try and limit Alleyne.  Alleyne had a dominating 23 points and 17 rebounds in her previous matchup against USC.“[Alleyne] is a double-double machine but we have our own double-double machine in Temi Fagbenle,” Burns said.Coming off a disappointing loss to Washington, USC salvaged the weekend with a win against Washington State on Sunday. USC continues to miss starters Brianna Barrett and Jordan Adams and in order for the Women of Troy to leave the state of Oregon with a pair of victories this weekend, Temi Fagbenle must continue her stellar play.After struggling with foul trouble versus Washington, Fagbenle bounced back with a phenomenal 26-point 13-rebound performance against Washington State. Fagbenle has been a crucial part of USC’s success this season, and this weekend will be no different.last_img read more

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J$161 Million in Assets for Prime Minister Andrew Holness

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Integrity Commission has released the statutory declaration submitted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness showing that he and his family had an income of J$15.5 million (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) with assets totalling over J$161.2 million.The figures also show that he has liabilities of more than J$22.2 million.“The Integrity Commission hereby certifies that the statutory declaration submitted by the declarant has been examined and is satisfied that a full declaration has been made in accordance with provision of the Act,” according to the official statement.It said that the Holness family also declared US$8,125 in income, US$28,272.11 in total assets and zero liability in US dollar.The report covers the financial health of Andrew Holness and his family for January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018.Under the law, the Integrity Commission is mandated to annually publish in the Jamaica Gazette the summary of the statutory declarations of the prime minister and the leader of the Opposition.Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips’ declaration has since been published by the Commission and in a statement earlier this week, Phillips threatened to take the Integrity Commission to court for failing to provide an explanation for the delay in publishing Prime Minister Holness’ statutory declarations.In a Twitter message coinciding with the release of his statutory declaration he wrote that under his administration Jamaica now “has one of the most advanced and robust anti-corruption framework certainly in this region”.He said his administration had passed the legislation establishing the Integrity Commission and “it is still in its early stages and not perfected.Holness said that one element of the framework is the publishing of the summary financial position of the Parliamentary leaders of the country, saying “the first publishing acts as the benchmark against which future declarations can be judged.“This ensures that the country can first have knowledge of the financial position of their leaders through transparent disclosure and then overtime judge the movement of their leaders’ financial position. This will build confidence in those elected to administer public affairs”.He said the process of examining and then certifying the statutory declaration of the Parliamentary leaders “is very granular, involving queries and cross-checks” and that the “law does not require Parliamentary leaders’ declarations to be published together at the same time”.He said “though this would be ideal, it would not always be practical or possible given the current resources available to the Commission..“Furthermore, Parliamentarians do not submit their declarations to the Commission at the same time within the period 1st January to 31st March of the year following the reporting period,” he added.last_img read more

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