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first_img Share UN Secretary General Ban Ki MoonADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a “generation free of AIDS”, after UNAIDS reported a 35-per cent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago.The positive news was also coupled with calls for more funding, with the objective of eliminating the virus by 2030. The United Nations also warned that continuing stigmatisation of sex workers, drug users and homosexuals were barriers to progress.“The world has delivered. We have achieved and exceeded the goals regarding AIDS. We have 15 million people on HIV treatment,” Ban said in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where he is attending a global development summit.“We are on the way to a generation free of AIDS,” Ban said. “The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic. Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic.”According to the UNAIDS report released on Tuesday in Geneva, there have been remarkable strides since the advent in 1996 of anti-retroviral drugs, which suppress the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).Though not a cure, the therapy creates a virtuous circle. The less the virus is in circulation, the less likely it is that people become infected.Although new HIV infections declined to two million in 2014 against 3.1 million 14 years ago and the number of new infections has noticeably decreased or remained stagnant, UNAIDS warned spending had plateaued.There are currently 36.9 million people living with HIV around the world. Around March this year, 15 million of them were accessing anti-retroviral therapy.“In 2011 world leaders called for reaching 15 million people with life-saving HIV treatment by 2015. And that is exactly what the world did — ahead of schedule,” said UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe in a report entitled “How AIDS changed everything.”But the report said more needed to be done.“After a decade of unprecedented growth, financing for the AIDS response has levelled off. At the same time, the world now has compelling evidence that people with HIV benefit by accessing anti-retroviral therapy as early as possible,” it said.– ‘Stigma, discrimination and punitive laws’ –UNAIDS said further increases and efficient reallocation were needed to address the “increased need of earlier initiation of anti-retroviral therapy” and called for AIDS spending of $32 billion (29 billion euros) annually between now and 2020 in the hope of eliminating the virus by 2030.“Stigma, discrimination and punitive laws continue to affect the people most impacted by HIV and to block their access to HIV services in every region of the world,” the report said.“The criminalisation of sex work, drug use and same-sex sexual relationships among consenting adults hinders attempts to reach people at higher risk of HIV infection.”Sidibe said he was hopeful that the next decade would “give us a more effective vaccine”.The UN has set up an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic, aiming to ensure that 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their status and that 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV will receive anti-retroviral therapy.The third target is that 90 per cent of all people receiving anti-retroviral therapy will have viral suppression.2015 is the deadline year for the Millennium Development Goals which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle poverty and hunger, prevent deadly but treatable diseases and expand educational opportunities to all children.In September, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development in which health is one of the top priorities.Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region worst hit by AIDS with 25.8 million people living with HIV. Last year, there were 1.4 million new HIV infections — a 39 per cent drop from 2000.Asia is a distant second with five million cases but there has been a recrudescence of new infections. Last year there were 340,000 new HIV infections and China, Indonesia and India accounted for 78 per cent of them.Medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) hailed the strides made in the fight against AIDS but stressed that the world “cannot afford to lose any momentum”.“In some countries where we work, HIV treatment coverage is as low as 17 per cent, which stands in stark contrast to the UNAIDS goal of 90 percent treatment coverage,” it said. 52 Views   no discussions Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN chief says world on way to ‘generation free of AIDS’ by: Associated Free Press – July 14, 2015center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 It’s a grueling stretch of the season for Syracuse. Away games, home games, then away games again. The Orange has finally played some close games, games against tough competition and games of different styles.It’s a stretch that’s yielded some losses, but also some memorable moments. And it continues Tuesday.“We’re in the midst of a few short turnarounds and we’ve just got to keep our bodies warm, keep moving, stay healthy,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, “and I think that’s the most important thing.”When No. 24 Syracuse travels to Cincinnati on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff, it will be the Orange’s (18-3, 6-2 Big East) seventh game in the past three weeks. Every Saturday tip during the stretch has been followed by a quick turnaround on either Tuesday or Wednesday. On Tuesday against the Bearcats (8-13, 0-8), though, will be the first time a road game has followed a home tilt during the stretch.The quick turnaround also provides a quick change of styles. Saturday’s opponent, Providence, is a team that likes to push the pace. Cincinnati, on the other hand, slows the game down. The Bearcats rank at the bottom of the Big East with 52.7 points per game and, despite being win-less in the conference, sit in the middle of the pack in scoring defense, allowing 58 points per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut none of that fazes SU. It just plays its style.“We’re looking to do the same thing night in and night out. We’re looking to play Syracuse basketball,” guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. “We’re looking to push the tempo, get offensive rebounds, look high-low and run our scheme, so regardless if the team plays faster or slower, we’re still going to do stuff the same way, we still look at it like another game.”For much of the season, the Orange has adjusted well. It has started slow at times, but has always found a way to pull out of its early game slumps. Both of the games Syracuse has lost during this recent stretch came against teams that received votes in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Those aren’t the games the Orange is worried about.It’s the slow starts against Seton Hall and the Friars. Games in which SU should be in control throughout, but often doesn’t take over until the end of the first half.“When we play down to the level of our competition, or we play to the level of Providence or any other team, we’re not being ourselves. It’s tough for us to play,” Tyson-Thomas said. “But when we bring Syracuse basketball to the table we do very good.”Depth and defense have let the Orange play the way it wants.Even with three players, including two rotation staples, sidelined against the Pirates, SU played 11 different players. Back at full strength against PC, Syracuse played 14 players. Nine played more than five minutes.“We can put five in, five out any time on the floor and because we’ve been able to do that, that’s a really good team,” Tyson-Thomas said.Syracuse held SHU to 34 points last week. The defense forced 27 turnovers against the Friars and grabbed 13 steals in the first half alone. Even the interior defense shined. SU center Kayla Alexander blocked four shots, accounting for more than half of the Orange’s six rejections.“Defense played a big role in that, too,” Alexander said after Syracuse’s win against PC. “ … Defense momentum leads to offense, too.”Cincinnati should provide the Orange a chance to do more of the same. The Bearcats’ lowly offense should be stifled even more against a stellar SU press. Syracuse’s deep bench should once again carry it during a rigorous stretch.That is, as long as it controls the game.Said Hillsman: “I’m really happy with where we are and we’ve got to continue just to build on this season and build on it before we go and get ready against Cincinnati.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe 2019 NASCAR Cup Series came to an anticlimactic end Sunday, with Kyle Busch winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway by nearly 5 seconds over Martin Truex Jr. to secure his second career championship.After the final pit stops were completed, Busch’s lead was never threatened. Truex, a playoff driver who dominated the race early, trailed by more than 8 seconds and needed a caution to have a chance to catch Busch. But there was only one caution all evening outside of post-stage yellows, and it happened in Stage 2. That prevented a dramatic finish and allowed Busch to breathe easy down the stretch.MORE: Steve Phelps on the direction of NASCARTruex led 103 laps Sunday and won the first stage going away. His fate turned during a second-stage pit stop when his crew switched the wrong tires. He was forced to head back down pit road immediately. He received the free pass on a caution and was back among the leaders shortly after but never controlled the race again.Denny Hamlin, who had the pole but lost the lead quickly, had an even more consequential pit mishap. He was fighting for the lead entering the final round of stops, but a piece of grill tape was placed over too much of the grill. That forced a second stop to avoid overheating. He finished 11th.The fourth driver racing for the championship, Kevin Harvick, led for 41 laps and had the lead briefly after a late restart, but he quickly fell back to a distant fourth.Busch had by far the fastest car in the second half of the race. He won the second stage and led 120 laps overall. His second Cup championship is his first without a bit of an asterisk — his 2015 title came during a season in which he received a medical waiver due to injury.Sporting News tracked live updates, highlights from the championship race. Follow along below.NASCAR at Homestead results: Championship race updates, highlights6:21 p.m.: CHECKERED. Kyle Busch is the 2019 Cup Series champion.6:16 p.m.: Busch still with a comfortable lead with eight to go. Truex has pulled to 5 seconds behind, but it will be too little, too late barring something unexpected.6:09 p.m.: Truex, when told his deficit is more than 7 seconds: “Holy s—.”6 p.m.: Busch’s lead on Truex is more than 8 seconds with fewer than 50 laps to go.5:55 p.m.: Catastrophe for Hamlin! Some misplaced grill tape on the last pit stop will require him to pit for a second time. Extremely costly mistake, which you can see below, along with the results.. @dennyhamlin is the first of the #Championship4 to hit pit road!Join us now on NBC to see who cycles to the front! pic.twitter.com/895LGK8fvJ— NASCAR (@NASCAR) November 17, 2019Look at all that water spewing out of @DennyHamlin ‘s car.He was experiencing overheating issues and had to pit. Heartbreak for the No. 11 team. #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/yuloDk2PIQ— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 20195:53 p.m.: Larson, who was competing for the lead for much of the race, has engine issues that will knock him out of contention.5:50 p.m.: It seemed Truex was not going to pit, but instead he just does it laps after the other leaders. Harvick, though, does stay out. He seems to be betting on a caution.5:45 p.m.: Harvick has fallen back to sixth. Busch leads Hamlin and Truex.5:31 p.m.: All types of back-and-forth at the top of the field.Denny Hamlin passes Harvick for P2 and says: “It ain’t fuckin’ over.”Chris Gabehart: “None of us thought it was. Whole new ballgame now. B-F-H. Lock in.”— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) November 17, 20195:26 p.m.: An action-packed restart. Truex bumps Harvick, and Busch and Hamlin wrestle for the lead. Busch eventually wins the battle.Here comes Hamlin!The No. 11 rockets to the lead at @HomesteadMiami ! #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/jPxvhlRcw7— NASCAR (@NASCAR) November 17, 20195:20 p.m.: CAUTION. Truex inches up to third in the race off pit road to start the final stage. Busch, Harvick, Truex and Hamlin are the top four, in order.5:15 p.m.: Busch passes Harvick and wins Stage 2.Stage 2 winner and Championship leader: @KyleBusch !The entire #Championship4 is inside the top five! Watch on @NBC : https://t.co/8m7vF3Fdrw pic.twitter.com/6apATk3iYF— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 20195:12 p.m.: Truex up to fourth, while Busch continues to try to chase down Harvick.5:05 p.m.: Harvick takes the lead from Busch shortly after the restart. Truex is gaining spots, but not exactlyflying up the field.4:55 p.m.: CAUTION. A massive break for Truex, who gets the free pass as John Hunter Nemechek spins out.4:47 p.m.: A bit of a disaster for Truex! The pit crew switches the tires incorrectly, and he will have to pit for a second time. That could be the opening the rest of the field needs.Disaster for Martin Truex Jr.!The team switched tires on pit road, switching the right front and left front! He’s now one lap down. #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/boW061Gvlk— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 20194:29 p.m.: Busch got ahead off Truex off the restart, but that lead is extremely short-lived. Truex has by far the fastest car early.”POWER MOVE!” @MartinTruex_Jr gets by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch for the championship and race lead. #Championship4 on @NBC pic.twitter.com/9nNtswk5ru— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 20194:22 p.m.: CAUTION. Busch gains a spot in the race off pit road, passing Larson for second during the post-stage yellow. Hamlin and Harvick trade places below them, pushing Harvick down into fifth.4:19 p.m.: Truex easily wins Stage 1, more than 2 seconds ahead of Larson and just under 4 seconds ahead of Busch in third. Truex led 60 of the 80 laps.4:11 p.m.: Truex has the lead, one spot ahead of Larson. The three other championship drivers follow.3:55 p.m.: Luckily for Busch, it was about time to pit anyway.”Just ran over something.”Early trouble for @KyleBusch in the championship race on @NBC . #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/7wtiOPJGqa— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 20193:50 p.m.: Kyle Larson has broken up the championship four domination, moving into second place.3:41 p.m.: Truex is back into second. Harvick leads, and Hamlin and Busch are in third and fourth, respectively.3:32 p.m.: Truex quickly falls back into sixth.3:32 p.m.: GREEN FLAG. 3:07 p.m.: A programming note as we approach green flag.ATTENTION.THE REGULAR @NASCAR BROADCAST IS ON @NBC .The split-screen #Championship4 hyper-focused broadcast with @leighdiffey and @DaleJarrett is on NBCSN.— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 20192:40 p.m.: A look at the final four drivers.It’s a long road to the #Championship4 .Before @KyleBusch , @DennyHamlin , @KevinHarvick and @MartinTruex_Jr race for a @NASCAR title today at 3PM ET on @NBC , see how each driver got to @HomesteadMiami . pic.twitter.com/dIrsRO88yv— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 20192:30 p.m.: A tribute to Homestead.For now, we say goodbye to @HomesteadMiami Speedway as the host for the @NASCAR championship finale. @ByTimLayden on what it’s meant to the area following Hurricane Andrew, and what it’s meant to the series hosting great title-clinching moments. pic.twitter.com/LgEt6PkzQG— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 17, 2019last_img read more

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Drop in ‘forbidden’ words Usage of specific terms in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget requests. Protesters from several health advocacy groups gathered this morning in front of the Washington, D.C., offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Science tallied the usage of these words in CDC’s budget requests to Congress—formally known as Justification of Estimates for Appropriation Committees—for the past 4 years, including the last three submitted by Obama. The phrase “evidence-based” was the most common by far, appearing 125 times in the fiscal year 2017 request. In contrast, Trump’s 2018 budget request for CDC used it only 38 times, although the document was half the length of the last one Obama wrote. Diversity took a dive in 2018, to two mentions, compared with 10 in Obama’s last budget; the only remaining references were to CDC’s Office of Women’s Health and the Diversity Management Program and geographic diversity. “Vulnerable” was invoked nine times by Trump compared with 24 times by Obama.In contrast, the words “fetus” (in reference to Zika virus and microcephaly) and “entitlement” (“fighting waste, fraud, and abuse in Federal entitlement programs”) each appeared once in Trump’s 2018 budget. None of Obama’s three most recent budget requests mentions either word. Presidential budget requests are political documents, and the wrong word can send a confusing message—and trigger controversy. President Donald Trump’s administration appears to have kicked up its own tumult by instructing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid certain words in its 2019 budget request.On Friday, The Washington Post reported that CDC officials last week flagged seven words and phrases—diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, science-based, transgender, and vulnerable—that should not be used in connection with the budget document, due out in early February 2018. An analysis by ScienceInsider of the past four CDC budget requests finds that such a policy may have already gone into effect: Those words, in toto, appeared two-thirds less frequently in Trump’s 2018 budget request to Congress than in former President Barack Obama’s final budget submission for 2017.Critics slammed the purported ban. “Here’s a word that’s still allowed: ridiculous,” Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS (Science’s publisher), told the Post. Other science advocates decried the alleged dictate as “an Orwellian attack on scientific integrity,” “absurd,” “irrational,” and “censorship.” This morning, representatives from several science and justice advocacy groups held a small protest in front of CDC’s Washington, D.C., office. Email Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) CDC word ban? 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Credits: (Graphic) J. Cohen/Science; (Data) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention As the Post noted, CDC’s parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued a statement that strongly challenged the media reports. “The assertion that HHS has ‘banned words’ is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process,” the statement said. “HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald addressed the controversy on Twitter. “I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC,” Fitzgerald tweeted yesterday.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), another HHS branch, stated that there were no word bans there. “We haven’t received, nor implemented, any directives with respect to the language used at FDA to describe our policy or budget issues,” said a spokesperson. The media office for the director at the National Institutes of Health, another HHS unit, told Science that “we are deferring requests to HHS.”last_img read more