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Gates Foundation CEO challenges students

first_imgAs the chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellmann leads a multibillion-dollar effort to improve health and promote equity for people around the world.Speaking to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health audience on World Health Day Tuesday, Desmond-Hellmann recalled her own idealistic student days and made the case for pursuing big ambitions in public health. Her talk was part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series.Desmond-Hellmann shared the “Big Bet,” an ambitious series of goals issued by the Gateses in their annual letter marking this year’s 15th anniversary of the foundation. It states, “The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else’s.” Desmond-Hellman challenged Harvard Chan students to help make that bet a winner.“I do think it is impatient optimism, but it’s not crazy,” she said. She quoted the foundation’s favorite African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”Desmond-Hellmann praised the often unsung work of epidemiologists. She said the greatest innovations in public health develop from the way epidemiologists think — with an understanding of the patterns and causes of disease.These days, she is particularly excited about innovations in health care delivery and in promoting behavior change, she said. Two recent examples are the foundation’s work providing seed funding and support to GAVI, a global alliance to give children in the world’s poorest countries increased access to vaccines, and the transformation of the foundation’s polio operations center in Nigeria into an emergency Ebola care center in July — within hours after an outbreak was detected in the city of Lagos.Desmond-Hellmann spoke about the tough decisions the foundation has to make in determining what to fund, and noted that she tries to look for areas where it is uniquely positioned to make a difference, such as infectious-disease eradication and maternal health.Prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Desmond-Hellmann served as chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, where she remains a tenured professor. An oncologist, her work in research and development at Genentech helped bring breakthrough cancer drugs to the marketplace.Harvard Chan School Dean Julio Frenk praised her depth of experience in his introductory remarks, noting, “Sue personifies all the career paths that any of our students could hope to achieve in one lifetime.”last_img read more

Most kids have no screen-time limits – CensusAtSchool

first_imgUniversity of Auckland 15 March 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing lack of supervision by parents… “Eight in 10 teens and six in 10 primary school children say there are no limits on their screen time out of school – whether that’s playing computer games, using their phones, or browsing the internet.” This is why we need an inquiry in to pornography – especially its availability and the nature of the content available online. Parents might think again about the need for supervision! www.porninquiry.nzEight in 10 teens and six in 10 primary school children say there are no limits on their screen time out of school – whether that’s playing computer games, using their phones, or browsing the internet.The insights have emerged from the second data release from CensusAtSchool TataurangaKiTeKura, a national, biennial project run by the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics that shows children the relevance of statistics to everyday life. In class, Year 5 to Year 13 students (aged 9 to 18) use digital devices to answer 35 online questions in English or te reo Māori, providing a unique snapshot of Kiwi childhoods. So far, more than 5,700 students have taken part.Students were asked if, on a school day, there was a limit on the amount of screen time they had at home. Just 16% of high school students and 37% of primary school students reported a limit. For those with limits, primary schoolers were allowed a median of an hour (the median is the middle amount in the range reported) and secondary students two hours.Students were asked how often their screen time was supervised – with supervised meaning a parent or caregiver was watching or was in the same room as the child. Four in 10 primary schoolers said “a little,” and two in 10 “usually.” More than half of high school students said they were never supervised, with a further three in 10 saying they were supervised “a little.”CensusAtSchool co-director Rachel Cunliffe, a former statistics lecturer and mother of four children aged 2, 4, 6 and 8, says she is “really surprised” at the results. “I imagined that in this completely wired world, the majority of kids would have limits – parents often discuss ways to find a balance between screen time and outdoor play time.”Rachel Cunliffe points to Ministry of Health advice that outside of school, 5 to 18-year-olds spend less than two hours a day in front of the television, computers, and game consoles. She and her husband tried setting limits, but with four kids, that was hard to police. “Now, in our house, we have a list of morning, afternoon and evening jobs to be done on school days before the kids are allowed screen time, “ she says.READ MORE: https://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/news-and-events-5/news/news-2017/2017/03/most-kids-have-no-screen-time-limits.htmllast_img read more

Thornton repeats at 141 Clash with big IMCA Modified payday

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. repeated as winner of the Clash at the Creek special for IMCA Modifieds at 141 Speedway. Thornton’s 17th Modified win of the season was good for $10,000. (Photo by Joe Slack, www.danlewisphoto.net) “I lapped just a handful of cars, so traffic was never much of a factor,” Thornton said. “I preferred the lower line but I could run wherever. Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Terry Phillips; 3. Hunter Marriott; 4. Jordan Grabouski; 5. Tim Ward; 6. Jeff Larson; 7. Lucas Lamberies; 8. Cody Laney; 9. Todd Dart; 10. Joey Taycher; 11. Shawn Kilgore; 12. Brock Bauman; 13. Josh Long; 14. Benji LaCrosse; 15. Joel Rust; 16. Marcus Yarie; 17. Mike Mullen; 18. Lance Mari; 19. Jason Hughes; 20. Johnny Whitman; 21. Greg Gretz; 22. Tanner Black; 23. Justin Ritchie; 24. Jake O’Neil. Thornton led the last 45 of the 50 laps in repeating as winner of the Clash at the Creek main event for IMCA Modifieds at 141 Speedway.  “This event is definitely near the top of my list of wins. It’s huge,” he said. “The track fits my driving style and there were a lot of good cars here. Realistically, everyone in the feature had a shot to win it.”  “We wanted to concentrate on the Modified here because we knew they’d have so many good cars,” he said of the decision to leave the Stock Car at home. “We wanted to put all our focus on the Modified.” FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 20) – The much-traveled Ricky Thornton Jr. made another stop in victory lane Thursday night, this time at the end of a $10,000 payday.  Pole starter Terry Phillips was second and 13th starting Hunter Marriott ended in third. Rounding out the top five were Jordan Grabouski and Tim Ward.  Grabouski, another two-division star, and Rod Snellenberger were IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winners at the Clash. Cody Schroeder and Travis Hansen topped Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod features.  Hard charger Joey Taycher took the initial green flag last in the field of 24 and finished 10th. A pleasant surprise that followed the post-race check presentation was the temperature of 141’s infield pond. “It was warmer than I expected it to be,” Thornton said after the traditional post-race dip. “I thought it would be freezing.” Modified qualifying started Wednesday at Francis Creek; nine states were represented in the feature at the 11th annual event. Thornton had started third and made his run at Phillips and the lead following an early restart. There was only one caution when Thornton was in front and the race ended with 35 green flag circuits.  A multiple-time qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Thornton has now won 17 of his 28 IMCA Modified starts this season, at 11 different tracks in five states. He’s also won four of seven IMCA Sunoco Stock Car outings.last_img read more

olarov Set for Roma Switch

first_imgManchester City’s left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is on the verge of a move to Serie A side AS Roma, Blues boss Pep Guardiola said yesterday.The Serbia international was left out of the side beaten by Manchester United in the Houston friendly on Thursday, and former Barcelona boss Guardiola says he won’t stand in Kolarov’s way after he expressed a desire to leave.“I don’t like working with people who don’t want to stay. He has a big chance to go to Roma,” confirmed the City manager. “He has said he wants to leave. I wish him all the best.”Kolarov has been a key component of City’s success since joining the club from Roma’s fierce rivals Lazio in 2010 for £16 million ($20.8 million, 17.8 million euros), winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup.The 31-year-old is set to join the mass exodus of full-backs in the close season at Etihad Stadium, with Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta having all left the club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more