Ivy League school joins UCT to fight HIV

first_img6 November 2013 The University of Cape Town has teamed up with US Ivy League school Brown University to develop a new cadre of HIV social scientists who can provide sustainable, interdisciplinary solutions to HIV/Aids in South Africa, where one in six adults has HIV. Around 6.2-million South Africans live with the disease – the world’s largest HIV-positive population. The project, named “Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV Social Science in South Africa”, will see the social sciences playing a greater role in the response to HIV. It will be run in UCT and Brown’s public health schools, and will be funded by the National Institute of Health at a cost of US$1.9-million over five years. The co-principal investigator from UCT is senior researcher Dr Christopher Colvin, an anthropologist in the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. Colvin’s work integrates social science perspectives into public health research on HIV/Aids, gender, community health workers and health activism. “The social science and public health responses to HIV have both been tremendously important, and many at UCT are at the forefront of this research,” says Colvin. “However, these responses have often developed in parallel, rather than in close collaboration. This grant aims to integrate the social sciences into the core of our public health teaching and research on HIV in the school.” Brown’s participation will be led by South African-born Professor Mark Lurie, who has studied sub-Saharan Africa’s HIV epidemic for more than a decade.Opportunity “The new grant is a wonderful opportunity for Brown to contribute to training the next generation of South African social scientists, whose work is aimed at better understanding and preventing HIV infection in the country with the most severe epidemic,” says Lurie. The partnership will contribute to curricular development, training and professional development through collaborations with HIV-focused social and behavioural scientists at Brown. Outside of the classroom, it will also create opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research in HIV social science, particularly at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.last_img read more

Turkey costs up for Thanksgiving

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers can expect below normal increases in the price of food for Thanksgiving dinner this year, with one exception: turkey.Corinne Alexander, a Purdue University agricultural economist who follows food prices, said there has been only an 0.8% increase in grocery prices from September 2014 to September of this year. She attributes the slight increase to ample grain inventories and an expansion in livestock production.But she expects turkey prices to be about 15-20% higher than last year.“This price increase is much larger than typical as a result of the avian influenza outbreak that affected turkey flocks earlier this year,” Alexander said.The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts wholesale prices for Eastern market whole turkey to be between $1.31 and $1.37 per pound the last three months of this year, compared with $1.14 last year.Alexander said the actual prices consumers will pay will vary. Affecting prices will be the differences between frozen and fresh turkeys, organic and nonorganic, brand names and the value of store coupons and price specials.Grocery stores often price Turkey as a “loss leader,” and many will feature turkeys at special prices for frequent shoppers or if they buy larger birds, Alexander said.Other staples of the Thanksgiving dinner will be easier on the wallet. With cranberry producers expecting a good crop, Alexander said the price of that side dish will remain about the same as last year. She added that there will be adequate supplies of white potatoes and sweet potatoes, meaning those food items are not expected to increase in price, either.On average, Americans spend about 10% of their incomes on food. Many families, however, find their budgets tightened by unemployment, minimal wage increases and inflation’s continued erosion of fixed incomes.“For these families, any food price rise is significant,” Alexander said. “We should remember those who are less fortunate and share our food bounty.”Alexander also said energy prices such as electricity and natural gas are unchanged or even lower than last year, so it will cost less to cook Thanksgiving dinner.She also noted that gasoline prices are down nearly 30% compared with last year. That means consumers will spend less to travel this holiday.last_img read more

The importance of planting dates versus planting conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Historically speaking, earlier planted fields tend to be the highest yielding ones. With the cold and wet start to spring, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling says planting conditions will play as big of a role as planting date in 2018. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

LaVar Ball wants son Lonzo to shoot more: ‘You’re not going to make it if you don’t take it’

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Gordon on commute dare: ‘I don’t want be laughing stock like Panelo’02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next View comments Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, front, passes the ball past Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson defending during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93.  AP/Kyusung GongThe youthful Los Angeles Lakers currently hold a 5-5 record, thanks to their uptempo offense led in part by the team’s sensational facilitator, Lonzo Ball.But as much as the former UCLA Bruin has dazzled distributing the rock, this year’s second overall pick has mightily struggled to make a basket—shooting a drastic 29.9 percent from the field in his first 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Danny Seigle named as Alab team consultant Speaking to reporters after the Lakers’ victory against the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend, Ball’s eccentric father, LaVar, urged his son to beat the funk by taking more shots.“You’ve got to shoot the ball,” Lavar, who witnessed his son tally 6 points, 5 boards and 7 assists, told Bleacher Report. “You’re not going to make it if you don’t take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Ball patriarch also made it known that he wants more consistent minutes in the rotation for his eldest son.“Let him play the whole fourth quarter and bet you’ll always win. He’ll get into a better flow,” he said. “The in and out, sitting out six to 10 minutes? He’s not going to take no shots because he’s not in the flow. He don’t want to hurt the team by shooting.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ball, meanwhile, has proven his ability to score in the grand stage, where he poured in 29 points in his second regular-season against the Phoenix Suns.Since then, the 20-year-old point guard has struggled to crack double digits in the scoring department, punctuated by a scoreless game against the Portland Trailblazers where he only took two shots.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Coach Luke Walton: It ‘would be silly’ to tinker with Lonzo Ball’s shooting styleADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Bataan, Manila on collision course

first_imgView comments The Stars can wrap up the series at San Andres Sports Complex on Tuesday. Game 2 of the Bataan-Caloocan series is also slated on Tuesday. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ Top seed Bataan sustained its fiery form by whipping Caloocan, 91-71, on Tuesday night to move within a victory of reaching the second round of the MPBL Datu Cup playoffs at Bataan People’s Center in Balanga City.Unrelenting after a strong start, the Risers used a balanced offensive to overwhelm the Supremos, who came into the game riding high on a three-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Byron Villarias, the former NLEX reserve, fired 18 points to lead five other players in twin digits for coach Jojo Lastimosa’s team, which has lost only twice so far this season.Earlier, Manila also closed in on a second-round berth—and a possible duel with Bataan—after a narrow 69-65 triumph over the Bulacan Kuyas in Game 1 of their own best-of-three series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDragged into a defensive battle, the Stars flexed their muscles, holding the Kuyas’ top guns Jerick Canada and James Martinez scoreless.“Our shots weren’t falling so we really had to rely on our defense,” said Manila coach Philip Cezar in Filipino. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 4 athletes to carry PH flag? P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more

22 days agoLeicester defender Ben Chilwell: Why I rejected Liverpool at 17

first_imgLeicester defender Ben Chilwell: Why I rejected Liverpool at 17by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Ben Chilwell admits turning down Liverpool as a teenager.And the England international insists he has no regrets.”I was 17 at the time. My agent looked at it all by talking to Liverpool and Leicester about the situation,” Chilwell told Sky Sports.”At that time I was breaking through the U21 team at Leicester, so I was just focused on getting in there and moving on to the first team here.”I certainly have no regrets. Looking back at how the past four, five years have gone with eight starts for England, I am very pleased.”Leicester was the right place for me at the time and the older players have helped me a lot. The staff has kept me to the ground, so I certainly have no regrets.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Amari Cooper’s Name Has Been Added To The First-Team All-American Wall At Alabama

first_imgAmari Cooper named first team all american.Amari Cooper’s time at Alabama has come to an end, as the wide receiver is headed to the NFL, but the former star will be forever remembered inside the Crimson Tide’s facility. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout is one of the greatest wide receivers in Alabama history, so it’d be pretty tough to forget him, but that won’t be possible now, anyway. Cooper’s name has been etched into the first-team All-American wall inside the Crimson Tide’s facility, next to the other wide receivers who accomplished similar greatness. Cooper finished his Alabama career with 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s expected to be an early-to-mid first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.last_img read more

Researchers ponder why new dinosaur species had feathers but could not fly

first_imgEDMONTON – The discovery of a new species of bird-like dinosaur is raising questions about the creature’s evolution and why it had feathers when it couldn’t actually fly.Researchers studying a fossil found in China have determined that Jianianhualong tengi had large feathers associated with aerodynamics, but there’s no evidence that it could get off the ground.Philip Currie, a University of Alberta paleobiologist, said the species is a missing link between birds and dinosaurs.“Every time you find a missing link between two animals, you create two new missing links,” Currie said. “We’re looking for the answer as to why there’s a combination of primitive and advanced features.”The findings of the international research team were published Tuesday in the open-access journal Nature Communications.An artist’s rendering of the species suggests the metre-long dinosaur resembled a large pheasant with short wings.The scientists say Jianianhualong tengi lived during the Early Cretaceous period, roughly 125 million years ago, in an area of northeastern China famous for its feathered dinosaurs.Currie said the fossil demonstrates mosaic evolution in which parts of an animal’s skeleton changes without simultaneously affecting other parts.He said more research is needed to better understand why the dinosaur would have had feathers if they weren’t used for flight.“The only way to answer these questions is to find more animals to fill in the gaps.”Currie estimates that only one per cent of one per cent of all the world’s dinosaurs have been identified to date.last_img read more

Sir Chris Hoy Leads The Glasgow 2014 Queens Baton Relay

first_imgThis Wednesday, Her Majesty the Queen will launch the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace.Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Gold Olympian, double Commonwealth Gold medallist, and recently appointed UNICEF UK Ambassador, will be the Baton’s special escort as it makes the processional journey down the Mall to receive the Queen’s message.“I am so proud to be taking part in launching the Baton,” said Sir Chris, who has supported UNICEF since 2009. “It brings together three of my life’s passions – sport, Scotland and making a difference for children.“What could be more important than UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Games coming together to use the immense power of sport to transform children’s lives around the Commonwealth, including at home in Scotland?”Over 248 days the Baton will cover 198,000km, starting in New Delhi and visiting all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth until it reaches its final destination – the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony.“The Baton beginning its journey around the Commonwealth supported by young people will be a great day – and one that I hope will signal change in a great many lives,” added Sir Chris.Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

Veteran PSA Tells Voters Dont Just Thank Vote

first_imgAs a tangible way to honor those who fought to defend their freedoms, Americans are being encouraged to perform their civic responsibility just days before Veterans Day in a new national PSA from Got Your 6 and issue-driven media company ATTN:.Video: “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” PSAThe PSA launched a nonpartisan campaign “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” featuring actors and veterans Rob Riggle, David Eigenberg, and J.W. Cortes, actors Tom Arnold and Joe Manganiello, and supporters of the veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6.Through the online fundraising platform Omaze, Don’t Just Thank, Vote! t-shirts are being sold for $25 each to raise funds and awareness to support the campaign.“We know that veterans are more engaged in the democratic process, but even if all 21.8 million veterans were to cast a ballot in November, we still wouldn’t reverse the downward trend in voter participation,” said Iraq War veteran and Got Your 6 Executive Director Bill Rausch. “Got Your 6 believes that voting is the most basic civic responsibility, and that disengagement is a sign of faltering community health. As veterans, we feel it is our responsibility to lead from the front by challenging Americans to not just thank us for our service, but to honor every veteran by voting.”According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 70 percent of registered veterans voted in the 2012 presidential election, compared with 60.9 percent of registered non-veterans. A recent report by Got Your 6 demonstrates that that gap is even more profound in local elections, with 15 percent higher voting rates for veterans over their non-veteran counterparts.Not only are veterans statistically more likely to vote this Election Day, they are also uniquely positioned to encourage non-veterans to do the same.The “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” PSA acknowledges that voter turnout in the United States is among the worst of all developed nations. To increase the voting rate on Nov. 8, the veteran-driven campaign challenges all citizens to show their support of the men and women who wore the uniform through actions, not just words.Viewers are directed to Got Your 6’s voter registration and reminder portal gotyour6.org/vote. In partnership with TurboVote, the site allows users to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, and apply for absentee ballots.last_img read more