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WHO postpones smallpox virus destruction by 4 years

first_img Sunshine Project report on WHO board resolutionhttp://www.smallpoxbiosafety.org/papers/WHAvariola2007.pdf Members of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), reaffirmed a previous decision to destroy the remaining stockpiles, Reuters reported. In 2010 the WHO will conduct a review of all completed and proposed research to better enable members of the 2011 assembly to reach a consensus on when to destroy existing variola virus stocks, the Reuters report said. May 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – At the World Health Assembly meeting today in Geneva, global health officials agreed to postpone for 4 years a decision on when to destroy the world’s remaining stores of smallpox virus. Enacting a major review of the current smallpox research breaks new ground and suggests a willingness for nations to compromise, the Sunshine Project said in its report. Russia and the United States are the only countries known to hold stocks of the smallpox virus. Since the disease was eradicated in the late 1970s, the WHO has often delayed destroying the virus to permit research on smallpox vaccines and treatments, particularly in light of concerns about bioterrorist attacks.center_img See also: The developing countries oppose genetic engineering of the variola virus and want assurances that rules on smallpox DNA distribution are not relaxed, the group said. In a Jan 31 report on the WHO executive board’s draft resolution that was to be presented at the assembly, the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit organization that works to ban biological weapons, said that issues surrounding smallpox virus destruction are divisive. Developing countries have pushed for setting a destruction date, but the United States and Russia have resisted a deadline decision because they want to expand smallpox virus research into new areas, without sharing the results with other countries.last_img read more

Enyimba’s Chukwude Hopes Victory against Rivers United Thursday

first_imgEnyimba host Rivers United at the Umuahia Township Stadium, looking to get back to winning ways after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Nasarawa United.The loss leaves the seven-time league champions four points behind leaders, Wikki Tourists and second placed Rivers Unitedin the title race. However, Stephen Chukwude believes his team still has a chance to defend their title.“No one will forget that result, we are still hurt, but it’s now in the past, we need to focus on the next game against Rivers United, which won’t be easy,” Chukwude told Goal.“The players haven’t got over that defeat yet. But I am urging my team mates to forget about the past and dwell on the present. We are still focused on the league title.“We have 18 more games to play, and if we win all our matches, we have a chance depending on what happens elsewhere. I am not going to give up on the title, nothing has been won yet.“We have been doing well, but in the last two matches we have been unlucky, but I am confident we can turn things around.”RESULTSMFM 2-0 NasarawaLobi Stars 3-1 3SCRangers 1-0 PillarsAbia Warriors 1-1 Ikorodu UtdWikki Tourists 1-0 El KanemiWarri Wolves 2-2 HeartlandTornadoes 1-0 PlateauAkwa United 3-3 SunshineShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Danny Welbeck targets New Year return for Arsenal

first_imgDanny Welbeck is targeting a return to action in the new year as his recovery from injury steps up.The Arsenal and England forward has not featured this season having undergone knee surgery in September – just days after the transfer window closed.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had to defend himself against claims he knew the former Manchester United man needed an operation but still refused to sign a new striker – saying he had no idea that surgery was required.Arsenal currently sit second in the Premier League having beaten United 3-0 before the international break – with Welbeck also missing England securing safe passage to next summer’s European Championships.But now the 24-year-old has revealed his leg brace has been removed and he wants to be back in contention in early 2016.”It’s difficult to put an exact date on it, around the New Year,” he told Sport 360. “After I had the operation, I was in a leg brace for about four weeks – which wasn’t easy. I had to do a lot of machine work, about six hours a day.”Sleeping in a leg brace isn’t good. At night it’s not comfortable, it’s the first time I’ve slept on my back in years.”It’s good to finally be out of the brace now and walking. It feels like I’m getting that little bit closer to getting back out on the pitch.”Should Welbeck be fit and available, the chances are he will be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for France 2016 having scored six goals in the five qualification games he featured in.But for now Welbeck is instead focusing on getting back to playing for Arsenal before he starts contemplating another major international competition. “I am not looking ahead to the Euros at the moment,” he added.”I need to get back for Arsenal first, then see what happens. It is never good to get injured at any point. It is frustrating.”I missed the back end of last season, then came back into pre-season training and you go through it all again with the rehab. It is frustrating.”But it is something which is part and parcel of the game. It is something I have to deal with.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Announcing Harlequin’s New Youth Education Program

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Harlequin Productions “The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” ~William Bennett, Former US Secretary of EducationNumerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. According to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, students that have theater as part of their education consistently outperform their peers in test scores, attendance, reading comprehension, and general involvement at school. In 2005, students involved in drama scored an average of 65.5 points higher on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of the SAT, compared to peers without drama as part of their education. However, these statistics only scratch the surface of the true value of a theater education. Working in the arts also improves things that can’t be expressed in numbers, such as self-esteem, empathy, and creativity.Harlequin Productions believes in the value of theater as part of a student’s education. For more than 15 years, Harlequin has offered a variety of programs focused on making quality theater education available to young people in our community.It began in 1999, Harlequin introduced its first summer theater education program to provide alternative theatrical training activities for youth. In 2007, the program became The Shakespeare Experience and offered an exclusive Shakespeare intensive that took students through Shakespeare’s language and styles of performance. In 2013, Harlequin’s objective evolved to include a cross-discipline look at a variety of live performance practices. This resulted in a new program, The Conservatory for Young Actors, which Harlequin committed to offer at no charge to participants. Over the years, Harlequin has also offered special student matinee performances and one-day workshops for youth.Today, Harlequin is excited to announce the next generation of its education program. Harlequin is gathering all of its existing education programs under one name: Spotlight Youth. The company will continue its celebrated Conservatory for Young Actors summer program as well as expanded year-round workshops, student matinee performances, study guides for teachers, and youth internships – all under the umbrella of Spotlight Youth.To spearhead these changes, the company hired youth educator and local actress Vanessa Postil as Education Program Manager. Her training and experience in youth education in theater makes her an excellent choice. “This is an exciting and reenergizing time for the program,” says artistic director Linda Whitney. “Vanessa’s fresh vision for Harlequin’s Spotlight Youth program is inspiring.”Registration has begun for Harlequin’s Spotlight Youth summer 2015 workshops. These low-cost workshops are offered in July and include improv, stage combat, Shakespeare playground, auditioning, and new this year, musical theater dance. For more information and to register click here.Harlequin is passionate about providing quality theater education to young people in our community. As Linda Whitney put it, “Theater is story-telling and language; it’s literature, history, geography, and even math. At its best, it is community building. It’s about engaging the imagination and exploring the possibilities of what it means to be human. And these things are at the foundation of education.”last_img read more