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Stephen Curry supports women’s game by hosting girls camps

first_imgWhen someone of Curry’s stature insists your shot is top-notch, it means everything.So imagine how high school players Azzi Fudd and Cameron Brink felt about the high praise when they took part in Curry’s select camp as the first females to ever participate.“It’s really cool that he’s saying that because he’s definitely one of the best shooters at least in my generation, and I’ve grown up watching him play,” said Fudd, who will be a high school sophomore at St. John’s in Washington, D.C.Brink described herself as “completely humbled.”It wasn’t only the star point guard noticing the girls’ shooting touch, either — Curry’s father, Dell, who is Brink’s godfather, and Warriors development coach Bruce Fraser, who works with Curry daily, brought them up as two of the best.“We did a couple competition drills with all the campers and they were definitely in the top 10 in the first run through,” Curry said. “It’s a new look. Cameron is my god-sister and her being the No. 1 rising junior in the country is pretty crazy, and then you’ve got somebody that’s been touted in the Maya Moore category as well, so I think it’s a pretty cool dynamic to have them eager to learn and be around the guys and play and compete and push themselves in this atmosphere.”Dell Curry loved watching the girls’ success, proud of his son for inviting them.“He’s always trying to make this camp a little better and put a special touch to it, so having the two ladies here really does that,” Dell said.Curry would motion to Brink to calm down when she was overcome by nerves: playing with boys, shooting a bigger ball, just the anxiety that came with the enormity of this moment.“It’s been surreal,” said Brink’s mom, Michelle, who played at Virginia Tech where she met Dell and Sonya Curry, her college roommate. LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Curry went nuts for Kerner’s success.Her summer? Absolutely made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was the best thing in my life that ever happened,” the 12-year-old said, recalling her thrilling moment. “He was jumping around afterward. He seemed really excited. He slammed the ball on the floor. He’s the best shooter in the world and I want to be like him, so to see him supporting girls, it’s really cool.”For the first time, Curry hosted all girls for a free, Warriors-run camp Monday and Tuesday at Walnut Creek’s Ultimate Fieldhouse. Last week at the same facility that he has also chosen in recent years, the Golden State star held his Under Armour “Stephen Curry Select Camp” with two of the nation’s top high school girls playing mixed right in with the best boys. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry takes pride in having a Bay Area presence “to reach out to the next generation of basketball players from all different ages, all different skill levels, boys and girls.” His two daughters, Riley and Ryan, are impressed with the girls.“To have an all-girls camp, one for me, it’s going to be an eye-opening experience to really truly understand the talent that’s out there on the basketball court for the next generation of women that are playing the game,” Curry said. “For me, I have two daughters that are excited just to find what they’re passionate about, what they’re interested in. So hopefully they’ll get inspired in that sense to see those girls that are a little older, a little bit more developed that enjoy playing the game and have such high skill levels.“It’s been fun, just enjoying the opportunity. This is still very surreal to have a camp like this knowing that when I was in high school I probably wouldn’t have been invited to my own camp, so it’s pretty cool.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Through hoops: Combined Koreas set tone for Asian Games Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The two-time MVP and father of two young daughters has made it his mission to better support the girls’ game. He asked longtime Warriors camp director Jeff Addiego to plan an all-girls session this summer.That gesture goes a long way with everyone Curry influences as he takes a giving approach off the court in the offseason. After two straight NBA titles and three in four years, Curry easily could be spending more time at home with newborn son, Canon, working on his own skills, or even improving his golf game.“Anytime you have a guy of Steph’s notoriety, his caliber of play, everything that he has going, to take the time to do this and do it for all girls, it just speaks volumes,” said Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA star Jennifer Azzi, who coached at the University of San Francisco and is now the NBA’s global director of special initiatives. “In my experience with the guys around the NBA, they’re very supportive of women, but for him to go the extra mile and do this, I think it means the world to young girls to see that caliber of NBA male is taking an interest in them. I think it’s really exciting, and really it’s not about gender. It’s about your passion for the game.”After Kerner’s remarkable shooting performance, Curry brought her up in front of the other campers to talk about the triumph and then signed a pair of his custom shoes for her on the spot. She had been camper of the week at a session two years ago in San Ramon, so Kerner received an invite to this camp based on past participation.“It was special,” Curry said. “We had four girls go through the shooting drill. They had to make two in a row from five spots around the court and back. The first three girls, two of them made it to the top of the key on the way back but didn’t make it all the way around. Amanda got up, she made her first four practice shots. I was worried she wasted all her makes in the practice, so when the actual competition started, the timer started, she made it around to the left wing and got a little cold and the time started ticking. It was kind of one of those photo finishes. She made eight in a row to finish off the last four spots and the last one was at the buzzer. So we had one girl finish the competition, which was a perfect way to end my segment, end the day at camp. And for Amanda, I know that’s probably a highlight that she’ll remember for a long time.”ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, greets basketball camp participants after taking a group photo at Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. For the first time, Curry hosted only girls for a free, Warriors-run camp Monday and Tuesday at Walnut Creek’s Ultimate Fieldhouse. Last week at the same facility that he has also chosen in recent years, the Golden State star held his Under Armour “Stephen Curry Select Camp” with two of the nation’s top high school girls playing mixed right in with the best boys. The two-time MVP and father of two young daughters has made it his mission to better support the girls’ game. He asked longtime Warriors camp director Jeff Addiego to plan an all-girls session this summer. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Just like Steph, seventh-grader Amanda Kerner stood before a big crowd and knocked down shot after shot from five different spots on the court — 20 makes in 2 1/2 minutes, complete with a buzzer-beater.For one afternoon, Stephen Curry ensured that 200 girls in his camp had as real a chance as possible to try to be a little bit like him, down to the fancy dribbling work and competitive shooting drills he does daily alongside Kevin Durant throughout the season.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Health Workers Struggle with Maternal Education in Gbarpolu

first_imgHealth workers in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County have underscored that traditional belief of people about health is impeding effort to educate them on birth control and other maternal challenges.Speaking to the Daily Observer on May 4 at the Chief Jallah Medical Center in Bopolu, a certificated midwife of the health center, Watta B. Nyei, said they have noted high birthrate in the county over the time.Although she did not state the birthrate percentage in the county, she noted that every time they decide to educate the people on birth control, the women oppose the use of condom and other contraceptives with expressed desire that they want direct sexual intercourse.In order to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality, Watta told this paper that they are constantly engaged in educating the people to regularly visit hospital and not to allow home delivery.She also said they are in mutual working relationship with Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs), who go around and bring pregnant women to the health center when they (women) are in labor.“These TTMs are in the county and they bring women who are in labor on car or hammock to the health center and each TTM who brings a patient is given LD$500.  This is encouraging the TTMs and those for whom the education is intended are going along and responding well,” Watta stated.As a result of the education provided and assistance from the TTMs, Watta said there is reduction in mortality rate over the two months she has spent in Bopolu with the Chief Jallah Health Center.Also, a credible source at the hospital says practice of traditional delivery and consultation with soothsayers about one’s illness are still highly practiced in the county.While people around Bopolu are in some point adhering to medical advice, the source said people in the county still believe in giving ill persons unquantifiable watery herb to take in when they are sick.According to the source, a patient was brought to the hospital a few months back but family members after consulting a soothsayer decided to take her back home for application of herb.“She stayed with them for sometimes and they gave her enough of watery herb.  But her condition was not improving and they brought her back again.  We could not handle the matter and therefore transferred the case to JFK in Monrovia, but unfortunately she expired,” the source said.Gbarpolu was created during the regime of convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor.Its people are highly concentrated in tradition that contemporary education and services are rare there.While people there may have behavioral challenge in adhering to medical advice, the level of poverty in the county also serves as a contributing factor to reaching health center, especially pregnant women.Many of them live in villages hundreds of miles away from Bopolu, its capital city, and most of the villages are inaccessible to vehicles and motorbikes.To bring a patient to hospital in Bopolu, people have to tote the patient in a hammock and cover long distances.The Millennium Development Goals in line with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s plan to fight maternal mortality seeks to ensure reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality.With this prevailing condition in Gbarpolu, it is unpredictable to say that the goal will be achieved as 2015 is being set to see the result.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exhausted Croatia train sights on France in World Cup final

first_imgCroatia have now played the equivalent of a whole match more than Didier Deschamps’ team ahead of Sunday’s final in the Russian capital but must gird themselves for one final push for glory.In beating Gareth Southgate’s young team, Croatia have surpassed the achievement of the heroes of 1998, who reached the semi-finals in France in their first World Cup as an independent nation.The victory sparked wild celebrations in the Balkan nation, where tens of thousands of fans poured onto the streets and squares, singing, letting off flares and waving red-white-and-blue flags.Croatia defender Domagoj Vida celebrates with his son after victory against England in the World Cup semi-finals © AFP / YURI CORTEZ“Dream, Dream, Dream! Croatia are in the World Cup final,” said the Sportske Novosti newspaper, adding that coach Zlatko Dalic “has entered into legend”.“The Fiery Ones are in the final, the nation is in a trance — one more step to the title!” said the Jutarnji List, using the team’s nickname.Dalic said there would be no excuses from his team despite their exertions over the past two weeks.“This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn’t show. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted. This shows character and is what makes me proud. Nobody gave up,” said Dalic.“We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it,” he said. “Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses.”– England pride –For England, the emotions are mixed — pride at reaching the last four is tempered by disappointment at letting a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.They were on course for their first final since 1966 when they took the lead through Kieran Trippier’s superb early free-kick, but Croatia hit back through Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic in front of 78,000 spectators.Supporters in London react after England lost their World Cup semi-final to Croatia © AFP / Tolga AKMENIn London, an initial wave of elation turned to heartbreak as 30,000 beer-soaked fans in Hyde Park watched their team come up short.Around 26 million people are believed to have watched the match on TV in Britain.But despite the bitter disappointment, captain Harry Kane said England had restored pride during their run to the semi-finals and could use it as a springboard for success.“It’s massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation. The fans are excited to watch us play and that’s how we have to keep progressing,” he said.Harry Kane failed to score as England crashed out of the World Cup © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA“We should be proud and hold our heads up high because we’ve come a long way from two years ago.”Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup’s leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper believes England have “moved forward into a brighter age”.But the Guardian said the players might struggle to shake off the ordeal of losing the semi-final. “The World Cup may never open up so obligingly again,” the paper said.France, who boast a powerful mix of youth and experience, will start as favourites when they play the third World Cup final in their history after they beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said the pain of losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal will spur him on.“I don’t have a star. It’s on the shirt but I didn’t win it. I want one,” Pogba said of the star on the French shirt that represents the 1998 World Cup win.“I know the taste of defeat in a final. It’s really not good, very bitter… we really want to finish well, with a smile.”As Paris makes preparations for fans to watch the final, the Eiffel Tower’s management said the monument would be shut as part of security measures being taken for a big-screen broadcast of the World Cup final nearby.During the Euro 2016 final, more than 90,000 people packed into the Champ de Mars fan zone.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia fans celebrate their team’s World Cup semi-final victory against England in Moscow © AFP / Konstantin CHALABOVMoscow, Russian Federation, Jul 11 – Croatia’s exhausted and battered players set their sights on the World Cup final against France on Thursday as England reflected on a missed opportunity to end more than half a century of pain.Luka Modric’s team were taken to extra-time for the third consecutive match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday but somehow found the energy to overcome England 2-1.last_img read more

Take a free ride on Metro

first_imgMetro is offering a special holiday free-fare program from 9 p.m. today to 2a.m. Tuesday. People boarding a Metro bus, along with the Metro Orange Line or the Metro Red, Purple, Green or Gold rail lines during the designated hours will receive a free ride to their destination. The free ride program is to promote safety during the holiday season. For complete route and schedule information, call (800) 266-6883 or visit Metro’s Web site at www.metro.net. Sheriff asks to keep parties safe The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department encourages the public not to shoot firearms into the air to celebrate New Year’s Day. What goes up, must come down, officials said. Randomly shooting into the air is dangerous for everyone. Sheriff Lee Baca also encouraged residents of Los Angeles County to celebrate the New Year without endangering themselves, their loved ones, or others by using alcohol in an irresponsible manner. The critical importance of avoiding gunfire to celebrate the New Year cannot be overstated, he said. Many times, individuals involved in celebrating New Year’s Eve with gunfire do not realize the dangers posed by their actions. “When a bullet is fired into the air, the bullet will climb two miles, remain in flight for more than a minute, and ultimately fall back to the Earth with enough velocity to injure or kill someone,” Baca said. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: KEVIN RAFFERTY REALLY LIKES WEDNESDAY’S AT BARNHILL AS HE RECORDS SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN

first_imgLetterkenny Golf NotesThere must be a golf course in the clouds, which would attest to all the good golfing weather we are having of late, and it would be of no surprise to anyone if they were to hearKevin Rafferty singing “I do like Wednesday’s” to the tune of that made famous by Bob Geldof, for Kevin, playing off a single figure handicap of 8, won his second consecutive Wednesday prize at Barnhill with a runaway score of 43pts, six points ahead of his nearest rival! With birdies at 5th & 7th on outward nine giving him a return of one over gross 37 shots and 21pts, Kevin’s only blemish on 15th was quickly erased with a birdie at par three 16th to give him an inward score of 36 shots [level par] and 22pts for an overall winning score of 43pts.A great run of golfing scores from Kevin over the past six weeks which would bring him to a handicap of six.In runner-up spot was another single handicapper and previous week’s winner, Martin A. Gallagher [6]. Martin’s back nine score of one under par for six holes from 9-14 inclusive of a birdie at 14th, was somewhat tarnished by a bouble bogey at 15th for a 37pt. finish.Sat.8th Open was won by Cat 4 member Dermot Higgins[24]. Despite a “blank” at 3rd, Dermot managed a productive 21pts on front nine and secured the win with a comfortable 19pts on back nine for an overall 40pts. In second place was Peter Muldoon [12] who, with a bad run of bogeys from 8th-11th and “blank” at 18th which probably cost him at least a B.O.T., still found enough reserve to return 20pts on back nine for an overall 38pts.Sunday 9th confined competition was a matter of “strong wills” for the first three on the winners list and it was cat 2 member Michael O’ Donnell [12] who showed his will to win with a margin of two points.With the best start of par-birdie, Michael had accumulated 23pts at the turn, one over par 37 gross shots, then almost blew his chances with a double bogey at 15th and bogey at 18th, only for some creditable scoring in-between to give him a winning score of 43pts.Coming a close second, and great to see after a long spell in the wilderness, was single figure handicapper Roy Mc Crory [8], playing with renewed vigour since Michael came back home!With an alarming double bogey at par five 2nd, Roy’s birdies at 14th and 18th, despite another bogey at 14th, gave him an inward nine of 23pts and a second spot score of 41pts. Gross prize on the day was collected by Gerard Duffy [5], also finding a bit of form of late with 34 gross pts.TURKEY TROT:There will be a confined 11 [eleven] hole “Turkey Trot” competition every day from Monday-Friday [incl.]. Entry fee @ €3.00. Re-entry anytime @ €3.00. Tee-off from 1st hole only.HAVE YOU SIGNED UP? Letterkenny Golf Club’s newly launched Online Lotto’s first draw took place on Wednesday 5th and, although there would have been disappointment amongst the large crowd in attendance as their was no Jackpot winner, two lotto members who smiled happily were Maureen Duffy and Enda Mannion, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each.Congratulations to you both! The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries at 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, www.letterkennygolfclub.com and follow the prompts.GOLF NEWS: KEVIN RAFFERTY REALLY LIKES WEDNESDAY’S AT BARNHILL AS HE RECORDS SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BarnhillgolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS HOST SUCCESSFUL CÚL CAMP

first_imgSENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: As notes go to the papers senior & reserve fixtures for week ahead not confirmed. Please check our Facebook page for any fixture.KELLOGG’S GAA CUL CAMP: Well another Cul Camp over and what a great camp it was, 198 children attended our biggest and best. CLG Iorras wish to thank all the boys & girls that attended, our coaches John Gibbons. David, Cathy & Gerdaline (Moville), Tiernan, Barry, Conor & Cathal (Carn), Maria, Danny (Malin), Sean, Susan & Marie from Urris. Thanks to Donegal players Martin Reilly & Caolan Mc Gonigle who attended last Friday. Thanks to all the helpers to the coaches, those who donated home baking etc and to all who helped out in any way to make our Camp the great success it was. Till next year Thanks one and all.SUPER VALU KITS FOR KIDS: Super Valu (Buncrana & Carndonagh) Kits for Kids: If you are shopping in Super Valu this weekend or any day, if you spend over €40 you will receive a voucher/receipt, Please pop this in the Urris GAA Box at the front door beside notice board to help towards receiving some kits for our Under Age teams. We need 2,000 tokens. Extended to July 30th now. BINGO: CLUB Bingo every Thursday night at 9.00pm in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany. Please come along and support our weekly bingo, numbers have been dropping of late so bring a friend or two. Any funds raised goes directly into the club to help with day to day finances.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday July 7th: Numbers drawn: 4, 7, 21, 22. No jackpot winner. €15 Winners:Rose & Mary, Culdaff (Bingo)Cormac Skinnader, Carndonagh.John Kearney (D), Leenan Keil.Lexi Doherty, Tirmaine.Michael Doherty, Isle of Doagh.Jackpot next week €1,500. Thanks as ever to all our lotto sellers and to all who support CLG Iorras in this weekly draw..UNDER AGE TRAINING SCHEDULE:U10 Boys & girls: Saturday at 11am to 12 noon.U12 Boys (U12 girls welcome) every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm.U14 Boys: Every Tuesday at 6.00pm.U12 & U14 Girls:Tuesday at 5.45pm to 7pm.U16 Boys :Tuesday at 7pm.As times and days may change please check our Face Book page for daily updates.FIXTURES FOR WEEK AHEAD:Tuesday: U12 Girls home to Moville at 5pm.Wednesday: Urris/Carn minor girls play Burt in Straid at 7pm.Friday: U16 Boys away to Moville at 7.00pm.As fixtures and times may change for various reasons please check our Face Book page for daily updates. NIGHT AT THE RACES: In Mac Tams on Saturday August 13th. Horses now on sale at €10 from all players and committee members.ANNUAL BIG BREAKFAST: Our Big Breakfast takes place in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany on Saturday August 6th from 9am to 1pm. Breakfast €6.GOOD LUCK: To our Donegal minor & Senior teams in the Ulster Final on Sunday in Clones and safe travel to all heading to the games.GAA NEWS: URRIS HOST SUCCESSFUL CÚL CAMP was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bush set to unveil super-flu strategy today

first_imgWASHINGTON – Vaccine improvement is expected to take center stage in the Bush administration’s preparations for a worldwide flu outbreak, with a potential travel ban and restrictions on global commerce part of the contingency planning. President George W. Bush today will announce his strategy on how to prepare for the next flu pandemic – preparations expected to cost at least $6.5 billion – whether it is caused by the worrisome Asian bird flu or some other super-strain of influenza. A key element: States and cities will get their first specific instructions from federal health officials on such things as who should get limited doses of vaccines and the antiviral medications Tamiflu or Relenza. Topping that list are workers involved in manufacturing flu vaccine, health workers caring for the ill, and other first responders such as police and ambulance drivers, said a public health specialist shown a recent version of the plan. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week More details are to be released a day after Bush’s speech at the National Institutes of Health. The president first will stress that it will take more than the federal government to battle a super-flu. “It’s akin to the Rosie-the-riveter type thing, because we are asking every American and every American institution to do quite a bit,” said White House spokesman Trent Duffy. “America has this tough-it-out strategy when you get sick. You aren’t helping yourself or the country going to work when you get ill. You are potentially threatening a greater health issue if you send children to school when they are sick,” Duffy said. Pandemics strike when the easy-to-mutate influenza virus shifts to a strain that people have never experienced before, something that has happened three times in the last century. While it is impossible to say when the next super-flu will strike, concern is growing that the bird flu strain known as H5N1 could trigger one if it mutates to start spreading easily among people. Since 2003, at least 62 people in Southeast Asia have died from H5N1; most regularly handled poultry. The nation’s strategy starts with attempting to spot an outbreak abroad early and working to contain it before it reaches the United States. International cooperation “represents a best hope of stopping the lightning spread of a pandemic,” Duffy said. There is a possibility that a pandemic would force restrictions of international travel and commerce, he said. That’s one reason, Duffy said, that “the president recognizes, and we all recognize, that we need to manufacture the vaccine here in America.” Today, most of the world’s vaccine against regular winter flu, including much of that used by Americans each flu season, is manufactured in factories in Britain and Europe. The government already has ordered $162.5 million worth of vaccine to be made and stockpiled against the Asian bird flu, more than half to be made in a U.S. factory. But the administration plan calls for more than stockpiling shots. It will stress a new method of manufacturing flu vaccines – growing the virus to make them in easy-to-handle cell cultures instead of today’s cumbersome process that uses millions of chicken eggs – as well as incentives for new U.S.-based vaccine factories to open. Such steps will take several years to implement, but the hope is that eventually they could allow production of enough vaccine to go around within six months of a pandemic’s start. “The notion is that prevention beats therapy,” said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, an influenza specialist who advises the government on vaccination and has received some information about the plan. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, however, are expected to provide both treatment and some protection against catching a super-flu until vaccines can be distributed. Last-minute discussions included how much Tamiflu to stockpile, with one possibility that the federal government would stockpile enough for 44 million people and tell states to purchase, collectively, another 31 million treatment courses. Hoping to spur the long-awaited pandemic plan, the Senate last week passed $8 billion in emergency funding for Bush to spend on the preparations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Anti-junk food bill writer honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER -Whittier-area state Sen. Martha Escutia has earned for her work pushing for new laws dealing with education, primarily her bills that banned junk food from schools.At the annual conference in San Diego today, Escutia will receive the “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” award from the umbrella organization of more than 1,000 school districts and county offices of education.Escutia “is thrilled” at receiving the recognition, her chief of staff, Suzanne Wierbinski, said.“For the senator, education has always been her highest priority,” she said.Association officials called Escutia’s legislation that established nutritional standards for K-12 schools – and her other efforts on behalf of education – “pioneering.”Her schools junk-food bill was signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.“Study after study shows that children’s eating habits directly impact their ability to learn,” Wierbinski said. “And if you ask most teachers, if a student comes in after lunch after having a Coke and Snickers bar, it’s more difficult to get them to focus that if they had eaten a better, more nutritious meal.”Marci McFadden, association spokeswoman, also praised Escutia for carrying the organization’s bills on educational flexibility, including a bill that would give schools more flexibility over the instructional materials they can adopt.Currently, only the State Board of Education can adopt instructional materials for K-8 schools.Escutia’s bill, SB 657, would allow schools to submit a resolution to the SBE recommending specific instructional materials be adopted, provided they conform to state standards.“She has carried our legislation on the flexibility of (adopting) instructional materials over the past couple of years, and she has worked a lot on obesity issues for students as well as the need for community involvement in schools,” McFadden said. statewide recognition California School Boards Association tracy.garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

Football Friday at Buccleuch Primary

first_imgTeachers and staff at Bucchleuch Primary School, Johannesburg get behind South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana, and the Football Fridays initiative during a school entrepreneur’s day.True nation-entrepreneurship at Bucchleuch Primary! (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa)Who’s going to win the 2010 World Cup? Don’t be asking me stupid questions! (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa) View the full photoset on FlickrShare your own Football Friday thoughts, photos and videos Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 23 October 2009.last_img read more

Purdue looks at impact of GMO crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according to a Purdue University study.Wally Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics; Farzad Taheripour, a research associate professor of agricultural economics; and Harry Mahaffey, an agricultural economics graduate student, wanted to know the significance of crop yield loss if genetically modified crops were banned from U.S. farm fields, as well as how that decision would trickle down to other parts of the economy. They presented their findings at the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research in Ravello, Italy, last year. The findings of the study, funded by the California Grain & Feed Association, will be published in the journal AgBioForum this spring.“This is not an argument to keep or lose GMOs,” Tyner said. “It’s just a simple question: What happens if they go away?”The economists gathered data and found that 18 million farmers in 28 countries planted about 181 million hectares of GMO crops in 2014, with about 40 percent of that in the United States.They fed that data into the Purdue­developed GTAP­BIO model, which has been used to examine economic consequences of changes to agricultural, energy, trade and environmental policies.Eliminating all GMOs in the United States, the model shows corn yield declines of 11.2 percent on average. Soybeans lose 5.2 percent of their yields and cotton 18.6 percent. To make up for that loss, about 102,000 hectares of U.S. forest and pasture would have to be converted to cropland and 1.1 million hectares globally for the average case.Greenhouse gas emissions increase significantly because with lower crop yields, more land is needed for agricultural production, and it must be converted from pasture and forest.“In general, the land­use change, the pasture and forest you need to convert to cropland to produce the amount of food that you need is greater than all of the land­use change that we have previously estimated for the U.S. ethanol program,” Tyner said.In other words, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions that would come from banning GMOs in the United States would be greater than the amount needed to create enough land to meet federal mandates of about 15 billion gallons of biofuels.“Some of the same groups that oppose GMOs want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the potential for global warming,” Tyner said. “The result we get is that you can’t have it both ways. If you want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, an important tool to do that is with GMO traits.”With lower crop yields without GMO traits, commodity prices rise. Corn prices would increase as much as 28 percent and soybeans as much as 22 percent, according to the study. Consumers could expect food prices to rise 1-2 percent, or $14 billion to $24 billion per year.In the United States, GMOs make up almost all the corn (89 percent), soybeans (94 percent) and cotton (91 percent) planted each year. Some countries have already banned GMOs, have not adopted them as widely or are considering bans. Tyner and Taheripour said they will continue their research to understand how expansion of and reductions of GMO crops worldwide could affect economies and the environment.“If in the future we ban GMOs at the global scale, we lose lots of potential yield,” Taheripour said. “If more countries adopt GMOs, their yields will be much higher.”last_img read more