‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ faces ban from English rugby

first_img Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo  1342  50 The Rugby Football Union has announced that it will be conducting a review into the singing of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, due to the song’s links to slavery.The song is somewhat of an anthem at Twickenham and is routinely seen and heard with lyrics reproduced on walls at the stadium and sung from the stands, but now the song may be banned owing to its links to slave labour.Its full history goes back much further, though, dating to its credited author Wallace Willis – a freed slave from 19th century Oklahoma. It became a popular spiritual song in the early 20th century and was popularised again among folk musicians during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.An RFU spokesperson told The Guardian: ‘The RFU has stated we need to do more to achieve diversity and we are determined to accelerate change and grow awareness.‘The Swing Low, Sweet Chariot song has long been part of the culture of rugby and is sung by many who have no awareness of its origins or sensitivities. We are reviewing its historical context and our role in educating fans to make informed decisions.‘Systemic change must be made at all levels so that we can become truly reflective of our wonderfully diverse society. We can no longer rely on black role models at the elite level speaking out, we must join together to become better and to support every member of the sport and recreation community.’This comes after England star Maro Itoje told the Daily Mail he felt the lineage of the song – which has come under the microscope before as a potential tool of cultural appropriation – was ‘complicated’.ALSO READ: Racism still rife in sportPhoto: Getty Images Twickenham Stadium AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in English Premiership, Lions Tour, News, Six Nations, Test Rugby, Top headlines, World Cup Tagged england, england rugby, RFU, Swing Low, Twickenham ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ faces ban from English rugbycenter_img ‘ BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine Published on June 19, 2020 ‘ ‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘last_img read more

Novartis drops antibiotic development program

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was updated on Jul 13 with comments from Kevin Outterson, JD.Antibiotic development efforts were dealt a blow yesterday when drug maker Novartis AG announced its decision to drop its antibacterial and antiviral research programs.The decision means Novartis will no longer be working on several antimicrobial projects currently in development.In an emailed statement explaining the move, the Switzerland-based company said “While the science for these programs is compelling, we have decided to prioritize our resources in other areas where we believe we are better positioned to develop innovative medicines that will have a positive impact for patients.”Before the decision was announced, Novartis was one of only a handful of large, research-based pharmaceutical companies still active in antibiotic research and development. In 2016, the company was among the signers of the Davos Declaration, a written commitment by more than 70 pharmaceutical and biotech companies to invest in research and development of innovative treatments and diagnostics to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.Large companies exitingThe decision to leave antibiotic development will result in 140 layoffs from the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Emeryville, Calif., according to reporting by Endpoint News, a website that covers the pharmaceutical industry.But more significantly, it means another large pharmaceutical company is getting out of antibiotic development at a time when new antibiotics are desperately needed. AstraZeneca Plc sold its antibiotics unit to Pfizer Inc. in 2016.”Novartis leaving innovation in antibiotics is unfortunate, as we still need effective replacement antibiotics, and Novartis has a few in development,” said Jayasree Iyer, PhD, executive director of the Access to Medicine Foundation. “They are in discussions to divest them, so hopefully there’s a suitable partner to complete their development.”According to the foundation’s recent Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark 2018 report, Novartis had 32 antimicrobial projects in its pipeline as of 2016, seven of which were in the clinical stage of development. Among them are LFF571, an antibiotic targeting Clostridium difficile, and LYS228, an antibiotic with activity against carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).”This is a growing problem of less innovators around who have the capacity to commercialize new antibiotics,” Iyer added. She noted that while there are several small biotech companies working on antibiotic research and development, many of these companies lack the ability to commercialize these drugs.Novartis added in its statement that it will continue discussions to produce, market, and sell antibiotics developed by smaller companies.”The need for these types of medicines is clear and to maximize the chances that these programs will one day help patients we are actively engaged in out-licensing discussions with companies focused on developing medicines in these areas,” the company said.Economic challenge of antibiotic developmentThe economic challenge of antibiotic development is one of the reasons frequently cited for the lack of new antibiotics. A new antibiotic that’s effective against CRE, for example, would be a significant and much-needed weapon in the fight against multidrug-resistant bacteria.But the medical community would want to reserve such a drug for infections that have no other treatment options, in order to prevent the development of resistance. As a result, the company that developed the antibiotic would be unlikely to sell enough of the drug to earn back its investment, much less make a profit.While there are efforts to provide smaller companies with a financial “push” to get new antibiotics through the early stages of clinical development, like CARB-X (the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator), antibiotic development advocates believe that market incentives that delink profits from sales volume are also needed.”The world desperately needs several global companies with an ironclad commitment to antibiotics,” said CARB-X Executive Director Kevin Outterson, JD. “This Novartis decision is entirely due to the broken business model for antibiotics.”These “pull” incentives could take the form of a market entry reward, in which the developer of a new antibiotic would receive a significant up-front payment (funded by governments and other sources), thereby reducing the need to maximize sales. Other ideas include granting companies extended patents for a new antibiotic, or allowing them to use patent extensions for other drugs they’ve developed. In return, companies would have to ensure that the new antibiotic is used responsibly, affordable, and widely accessible.The movement around pull incentives has been gaining steam. On Jun 26, the World Economic Forum issued a report calling on governments and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate on designing pull incentives. A few days later, Congressmen from Indiana and California introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives, called REVAMP,  that would award 12 months of market exclusivity for new drugs designated as priority antimicrobial products.”We need a powerful pull incentive, like REVAMP or a market entry reward, to keep the sector afloat,” said Outterson.The last new class of antibiotics was discovered and developed more than 30 years ago.See also:Jul 11 Endpoint News storyJun 29 CIDRAP News story “Bipartisan bill proposes new ‘pull’ incentives for priority antibiotics”Jun 26 CIDRAP News story “World Economic Forum seeks ‘pull’ incentives for new antibiotics”Jan 23 Access to Medicine Foundation Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark 2018last_img read more

COVID-19 KILLS IN MANY WAYS: 50 Iloilo suicide cases since January – IPPO

first_imgIn his Executive Order No. 183, Defensor bared the “Plan for Rehabilitation and Transformation of the Province of Iloilo to Catalyze Recovery” under the modified general community quarantine status of the province. Earlier, the DOH-6 acknowledged that physical distancing, self-isolation, working from home and loss of social contacts during the community quarantine could sink some people into loneliness and depression, and even suicide. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to contain it, represent a unique threat – a contagion nearly as psychological as it is physical, according to Lindero. Forty LGUs in the province reported suicide incidents, with Cabatuan, Estancia and Passi City topping the list with four followed by Calinog, Anilao, Dumangas, Igbaras, Miag-ao , Oton, San Dionisio, and Sara with two suicide cases each. c. assessment of needs and concerns; * The program shall have the following target beneficiaries:   * The Province shall implement a psychosocial response known as “Project PRIME” (Program for the Resilience of Iloilo in Mind and Emotion), which aims to restore the social functioning, and improve the coping and resilience of persons who have traumatic experiences, difficulty in handling changes, and those who are exposed to various risks.  * The program shall be implemented by Task Force PAG-ASA created under Executive Order No. 159, Series of 2020, entitled “Executive Order Approving the Creation of Task Force PAG-ASA (Provincial Agencies in Action to Prevent Suicide Among People of All Ages) for the Implementation of Project PRIME.” Last year by the month of November there were already over 70 suicide cases. What drove these people to kill themselves? The most common reasons were likely depression and problems in the family and love life, explained Lindero, citing the statements of the victims’ families. No less than Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. also recognized the need to institute responsive strategies and mechanisms that will enable the community and service providers to cope with psychosocial issues brought about by the pandemic. a. Persons, especially minors and learners, who are experiencing psychosocial difficulties, focusing on the effects of the community quarantine experience; The towns of Badiangan, Balasan, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Bingawan, Concepcion, Guimbal, Lemery, Leon, Maasin, San Enrique, San Rafael, Sta. Barbara, Tigbauan, and Tubungan each recorded one suicide incident. “This pandemic may be an added circumstance that further burdened some individuals and making them easily get depressed,” he theorized.  Various government agencies, Lindero said, must recognize the pandemic that will quickly follow it – that of mental and behavioral illness – and implement the steps needed to mitigate it. One of the three major components of Defensor’s Plan RT-PCR is a psychosocial program. It enforces the following measures: b. Monitoring tool for the stakeholders who shall be trained in administering psychosocial support. From January to Aug. 12 this year, the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) recorded 50 suicide incidents. The IPPO is not the only one hoping there won’t be more suicide cases in the province. e. connection to information; and * The Province shall implement a program to promote and protect the psychosocial welfare of the people. It shall address the collective anxiety and emotional stress they experienced after five months of community quarantine. ILOILO – While local government units (LGUs) expend vital resources to curtail the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a shadow pandemic is bringing its own devastation, challenging authorities to come up with solutions to address another wave of health crisis. In Iloilo province, deaths caused by suicide are higher compared to COVID-related fatalities. In 2019 the IPPO recorded 78 suicide cases. Most of the victims were between 10 to 19 years old. In 2018, it recorded 65 cases. f. protection from further harm. b. OFWs and LSIs, focusing on their quarantine experience; and “Ginapadayon sang IPPO ang coordination with other agencies concerned para magatukod sang PAG-ULIKID DESK agud magtutok sa mga pwede obrahon nga mag-prevent sang padayon nga pagsaka sang suicide incidents sa probinsya,” Lindero added. “We’re only on the second quarter of 2020 but we already have 50 cases,” Lindero said. On the other hand, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed Iloilo province with 11 deaths from 646 COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 18. * The program shall conduct psycho-social processing-method of facilitating ventilation of emotions related to traumatic experiences, generating emotional and social issues through a helping process. c. Frontline workers who have been exposed to stressful demands of work, family, or community.  * The program shall provide psychosocial support –a range of care and support that address both psychological and social needs of individuals, families and communities, administered in a holistic and integrated development approach.  * The program shall administer Psychological First Aid-Humane, supportive, practical and immediate assistance to individuals suffering from exposure to serious stressors, which include the following:  a. intrusive and practical care; The figures are alarming, according to IPPO spokesperson Master Sergeant Francis Lindero. b. comfort and support;  * The program shall conduct monitoring of interventions, through the following monitoring tools:  a. Monitoring tool for the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) staff; and  d. helping to address basic needs; * The program shall have an evaluation towards the end of the calendar year. An evaluation tool shall be designed by the PSWDO Planning Division. Evaluation results shall serve as reference for the PSWDO in reviewing guidelines and project components for further development./PNlast_img read more

UWF football releases inaugural 2016 schedule

first_img2016 UWF Football ScheduleUWF Football Season Ticket InformationPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida football program has announced its finalized schedule for its inaugural season in 2016. The schedule will feature eight games against Gulf South Conference opponents, which will be played after the team’s three non-conference games to begin the season. All of UWF’s home games will be played at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium in downtown Pensacola. The year will start on the road for the Argonauts, as they travel to Ave Maria, an NAIA opponent in Naples, Florida, on September 3. UWF will then play host to Missouri S&T on September 10, 2016, in the program’s first-ever home game at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium in Pensacola. Following the home game, the Argos will visit the Chowan University Hawks in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, on September 17. Both Missouri S&T and Chowan will be NCAA Division II opponents for the Argonauts. “We really feel fortunate to get the non-conference games we’re getting,” UWF football head coach Pete Shinnick said. “Those will be very difficult, and there is lot of competition in those first three games of the season. Everybody’s trying to get games in Division II, so to get two Division II opponents in Chowan and Missouri S&T was huge, and then the ability to stay in Florida against Ave Maria was also very important to us. So I feel great about our non-conference schedule.” West Florida finishes September with the program’s first Gulf South Conference matchup, a game at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium against Valdosta State on September 24. The GSC has been a remarkably successful conference in recent history, with VSU winning the national titles in 2004, 2007, and 2012, while Delta State has reached the national title game as recently as 2010. The Argonauts host GSC football-only member Florida Tech on October 1, and they will travel to Mississippi College and Delta State on October 8 and October 15, respectively. The UWF football program will become the ninth team in the GSC, following Florida Tech and Mississippi College as the newest members of the conference. “The Gulf South Conference dictates what the in-conference schedule looks like, and no matter where you go on that conference schedule, you’ve got great competition,” Shinnick said. “We believe the Gulf South Conference is the toughest football conference in the country, based on the fact that four teams made the playoffs in 2014, so we’ll be challenged every week in the GSC. I think it’s a very challenging schedule for a first-year program, but we’re very excited to have the opportunity to represent the University of West Florida.” The first UWF Homecoming football game will be October 22 against Shorter, and West Alabama will travel to Pensacola the following weekend on October 29. UWF finishes its schedule with a trip to North Alabama on November 5 and a home game against 2014 NCAA DII National Semifinalist West Georgia on November 12. For more information on season tickets for the inaugural UWF football season call 850.474.ARGO or visit GoArgos.com/FootballTix to complete the season ticket interest form. The football season ticket interest form does not guarantee you an opportunity to purchase season tickets, but it does give your contact information to the athletic department for future ticket purchasing opportunities. It is recommended to start building priority points today to better your chances of purchasing football season tickets.  For more information on the Argonaut Athletic Club and priority points visit GoArgos.com/boosters. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Week In Review 7/22-7/26

first_imgThursday 7/25House Passes New Budget Bill, With Plans To Tackle PFD Next, Significant Rain Falls On Swan Lake Fire Tuesday 7/23Tuesday Update: Swan Lake Crews Slowly Demobilizing, UPDATED: KPD Investigating Homicide Off California Avenue That Left Two Dead FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Wednesday 7/24Work On The Swan Lake Fire Is Far From Over, Kenai Medicenter Searched In Medicaid Fraud Investigation, Suspect Arrested In Kenai Double Homicidecenter_img Monday 7/22Monday Update: Crews Gain Ground On Swan Lake Fire, The Latest: Capital budget falters again in Alaska House Friday 7/26KPD, Nikiski Dive Team Locate Handgun In Kenai River, Swan Lake Fire Crews Work Hard To Repair Established Fire Control Lines.last_img read more

Kay collects Friday Yankee Dirt Track Classic Deery checkers at Farley

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 2) – Right place, right time.Justin Kay inherited the lead after a flat tire sidelined race-long leader Spencer Diercks and led to the finish of Friday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Farley Speedway.The IMCA Late Model tour victory paid $2,000 and was the 19th of Kay’s career. He’s now tied with Rob Toland for seventh on the all-time Deery Series wins list.Fifty Late Models were on hand for the first of two Deery shows during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic, the top car count of the 30th annual tour.Diercks drew the pole start and led the first 38 times around the 3/8’s mile oval while Kay made his way forward from 11th starting.Diercks, however, pulled up lame on restart and Kay took charge. He was chased across the stripe by Joel Callahan, who advanced 22 positions from his last-place starting spot on the initial grid.Completing the top five were Jeff Aikey, Jeremiah Hurst and Ryan Dolan. Tyler Bruening was sixth and takes a one point leader over Aikey into the Saturday’s Yankee feature that boasts the top paycheck of the season for Deery drivers, with $7,500 going to the winner of the 100-lapper.Diercks recovered and finished seventh.Corey Zeitner was the $300 Malvern Trust and Savings Bank non-qualifier dash for cash winner.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. There are no hot laps and racing starts at 5:30 p.m.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 4. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 7. Spencer Diercks, Davenport; 8. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 9. Chris Horn, Cedar Rapids; 10. Scott Fitzpatrick, Cedar Falls; 11. Rory Metcalf, Iowa City; 12. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 13. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 14. Jon Merfeld, Peosta; 15. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 16. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 17. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 18. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 19. Ron Klein, Sherrill; 20. Dan Shelliam, Hazel Green, Wis.; 21. Curt Martin, Independence; 22. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 23. Luke Merfeld, Guttenberg; 24. Nick Marolf, Wilton.1st heat (top two) – 1. Holladay; 2. Martin; 3. Shelliam; 4. Callahan; 5. Fitzpatrick; 6. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake; 7. Jason Udelhofen, Potosi, Wis.; 8. LeRoy Brenner, Aledo, Ill.; 9. Wayne Hora, Anamosa.2nd heat – 1. Denny Eckrich; 2. Ryan; 3. Horn; 4. Zrostlik; 5. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 6. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 7. Marty Scheckel, Long Grove; 8. Becky Roth, Keeler, Wis.; 9. David Webster, Monroe, Wis.3rd heat – 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Jon Merfeld; 3. Rob Toland, Davenport; 4. Klein; 5. Metcalf; 6. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill.; 7. Eric Pollard, Peosta; 8. Kevin Miller, Freeport, Ill.4th heat – 1. Diercks; 2. Hurst; 3. Marolf; 4. Luke Merfeld; 5. John Emerson, Waterloo; 6. Chris Simpson, Oxford; 7. Jon Poll, Dellmar; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman.5th heat – 1. Dolan; 2. Hinrichs: 3. Webb; 4. Jerry Ling, Waterloo; 5. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 6. Corey Zeitner, Omaha, Neb.; 7. Jay Chenoweth, Wapello; 8. Curt Marks, Dubuque.6th heat – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 3. Guss; 4. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 5. Bruening; 6. Ross Pierce, Sherrill; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 8. Ben Seemann, Waterloo.1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Shelliam; 2. Marolf; 3. Luke Merfeld; 4. Simpson; 5. Callahan; 6. Fitzpatrick; 7. McKenna: 8. Emerson; 9. Gustin; 10. Udelhofen; 11. Hora; 12. Poll; 13. Brenner.2nd “B” feature – 1. Horn; 2. Webb; 3. Zrostlik; 4. Zeitner; 5. King; 6. Carter; 7. Kastli; 8. Scheckel; 9. Roth; 10. Schroeder; 11. Chenoweth; 12. Marks; 13. Webster.3rd “B” feature – 1. Guss; 2. Klein; 3. Metcalf; 4. Bruening; 5. Droste; 6. DeFrance; 7. Pollard; 8. Hanna; 9. Seemann; 10. Pierce; 11. Toland; 12. Miller.Non-qualifier dash for cash – 1. Zeitner; 2. McKenna; 3. King; 4. DeFrance; 5. Gustin; 6. Pollard; 7. Scheckel; 8. Seemann; 9. Roth; 10. Pierce; 11. Udelhofen; 12. Hora; 13. Toland; 14. Webster; 15. Simpson; 16. Droste; 17. Carter; 18. Kastli; 19. Emerson; 20. Hanna; 21. Schroeder; 22. Chenoweth; 23. Poll; 24. Miller; 25. Brenner; 26. Marks.last_img read more