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Comprehensive African health initiative needed

first_imgAs Ebola hysteria dies down in the United States, the international community should not lose sight of a larger issue highlighted by the epidemic — the need to improve health care systems in the poorest African countries, writes Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Professor Richard Marlink in new commentary. He advises world leaders to take their cues from the U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.HSPH received a total of $362 million from the program for work in Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania that included training health care workers, developing monitoring and evaluation systems, strengthening health care infrastructures, and collaborating with local hospitals and clinics that provide treatment for AIDS patients. HSPH’s PEPFAR grants wound down in 2012, and researchers at the School worked with partner organizations to transition activities to full local ownership.Marlink, who is Bruce A. Beal, Robert L. Beal, and Alexander S. Beal Professor of the Practice of Public Health, helped launch and run HSPH’s PEPFAR efforts in Botswana. In his commentary, published November 14, 2014 on GlobalPost, Marlink describes lessons learned from PEPFAR’s success: Focus on outcomes, establish local partnerships, and leave countries better equipped to deal with other health issues. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Suarez hat-trick extends six-goal Barca’s La Liga lead

first_imgIt was the perfect outing for Barcelona after ninth-placed Girona had taken a shock early lead on their first-ever visit to the Camp Nou, as Coutinho, Suarez, Messi and Ousmane Dembele shone on their first start together.Portu took advantage of hesitation from Barca centre-back Samuel Umtiti to round goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and slot into an empty net to put Girona ahead in La Liga’s newest Catalan derby.The hosts took less than two minutes to get back on level terms, though, as Messi collected the ball in midfield before sending Suarez through to score. Messi’s wizardry put Ernesto Valverde’s side in front on the half-hour mark, after Suarez touched down a long pass from Andres Iniesta for the Argentinian. It looked as though the chance had gone when Messi was forced wide, but the league’s top scorer showed trademark footwork to jink past several defenders before slotting into the bottom corner.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was running the show, and he doubled the advantage just seven minutes later with a low free-kick under the wall.“It always seems that he has done everything and then suddenly, he surprises us again, as with his free kick. It sounds easy but it is not,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.Having gone five games without a goal before his crucial equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek, Messi has scored three in two games.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img Madrid, Spain | AFP | Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick and Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant first league goal for Barcelona as the La Liga leaders thrashed Girona 6-1 on Saturday to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.Lionel Messi continued his return to goalscoring form with a double to reach 30 in all competitions for the season, as Barca extended their advantage over closest title rivals Atletico Madrid, who visit Sevilla on Sunday.Real Madrid remain off the pace in third, despite a comfortable 4-0 victory over Alaves that saw Cristiano Ronaldo net a double and Gareth Bale back on the scoresheet.last_img read more

Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy consistent with homicide not suicide, expert says

first_imgA renowned forensic pathologist says Jeffrey Epstein may not have taken his own life.In an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends, Dr. Michael Baden said Epstein’s injuries appeared more consistent with homicidal strangulation rather than suicidal hanging.Epstein’s brother hired New York City’s former chief medical examiner to observe his brother’s autopsy after he was found hanged in his Manhattan lockup in August.Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson ruled his death a suicide “after careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings.”Baden, however, disputed those findings noting in Wednesday’s interview that what he found was something “he’s not seen in a suicidal hanging in 50 years. ”After reviewing the autopsy, Dr. Baden said he found two fractures on the side of Epstein’s larynx, and another fracture on a bone above the Adam’s Apple emphasizing that both appeared “extremely unusual.”The 66-year-old millionaire’s death came about a month after his arrest on federal sex trafficking charges, and just days after he was taken off suicide watch.Epstein’s case was highly publicized while he was alive, and his death has not been any different as a whirlwind of allegations and conspiracy theories continue to go viral.This story is developing.last_img read more

Man kills four of his neighbors’ dogs to make “doggy coat”

first_imgA Kentucky man has been arrested after he reportedly killed and skinned four dogs to make what he called a “doggy coat.”38-year-old Jonathan D. Watkins was arrested on December 23rd after one of his neighbor’s contacted police about the incident.The neighbor told authorities that Watkins showed up to their home around 1:20 pm covered in blood and asking for a cigarette. When the neighbor inquired why Watkins was covered in blood, Watkins replied  “I’ve been skinning dogs.”The neighbor says he didn’t initially believe Watkins, however, when the neighbor went walking by Watkins home later that afternoon, they saw what they believed to be four animal skins and two dog carcasses on his porch. That’s when the neighbor called police.Authorities say two residents contacted them earlier about their missing dogs, however, authorities had not been able to locate them.When a trooper made contact with Watkins about the missing dogs and the carcasses on his porch, Watkins told the trooper: “I’m making myself a Doggy Coat. ” He then went on to say that he didn’t see anything wrong with making the coat and  that he killed the animals by “stabbing them in the heart” before he skinned them and abandoned their carcasses over a nearby hill.Watkins is now facing animal cruelty charges in addition to charges for tampering with physical evidence.last_img read more

BREAKING: Glades Central High School in Belle Glade on lockdown due to shooting

first_imgPolice say Glades Central Community High School in Belle Glade is on a code red lockdown Wednesday afternoon after one person was shot near the parking lot of the school.The shooting was reported shortly after 1 p.m.Palm Beach County School District authorities said the shooting did not involve a student and that students were safe.In the statement officials said parents are not to worry and that school expects to have a normal dismissal.last_img