EAC’s Laminou out for the NCAA season due to torn ACL

first_imgHamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College’s drive to the Final Four gets a little more bumpy as big man Hamadou Laminou suffered a torn ACL on his right knee and will miss the remainder of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Coach Ariel Sison, who confirmed the news Thursday, was left with no words as the Generals will have a huge hole in the middle with the absence of the Cameroonian big man.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I don’t know what to say right now. I’m just so down thinking that Laminou is out for the season,” he said.Laminou has been averaging 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in the five games he played this season.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 shutoutHe went down late in the first quarter of EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano on Tuesday with a knee injury as the coaching staff downplayed the matter and hoped that it would only be a minor injury.“I thought it’s just another minor injury,” said Sison, obviously disappointed with the recent turn of events. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jason Day ‘hungry,’ eager to return to top of golf world MOST READ K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:05NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Laminou also incurred an MCL injury on his left knee in the preseason, but was able to make it in time for the Generals’ campaign this year.Sison has no other recourse but to continue fighting behind senior Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia, Juju Bautista, and Francis Munsayac with EAC currently in third place with a 3-2 card.“Laminou is Laminou. It’s still different if he’s on the bench and ready to play, but we have other bigs who are ready to step up,” the mentor said.The Generals will play league leader Lyceum today at EAC Gym.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Chalmers back with Grizzlies after season on sidelines

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Chalmers developed a relationship with Grizzlies coach David Fizdale when Chalmers played for the Miami Heat and Fizdale was a Heat assistant.Chalmers won NBA titles with the LeBron James-led Heat in 2012 and 2013.Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.Last season the Grizzlies finished in seventh place in the Western Conference and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Mario Chalmers #6 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at TD Garden on March 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPThe Memphis Grizzlies inked Mario Chalmers to a contract on Wednesday, a day after the guard indicated he was headed back to his old NBA team.The Grizzlies did not reveal terms of the deal, but multiple media reports said Chalmers agreed to a one-year contract.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chalmers used Instagram on Tuesday to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read “GNG… enough said.” “Grit and grind” is the Grizzlies’ motto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsChalmers, 31, has battled back from a torn right Achilles tendon he sustained in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies.The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed all of the 2016-17 NBA season. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Marbury opts for final season with Beijing Fly Dragonslast_img read more

Softball Ohio State opens season ready to continue previous years success

Ohio State then-junior shortstop Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternKelly Kovach Schoenly has experience in leading Ohio State to victory. Over the past six seasons as the softball head coach, she has accumulated 199 wins, including 13 wins against Top 25 opponents. However, in her tenure with the Buckeyes, she has not had a better season than the one she had last year. Ohio State had a record of 36-16, the program’s highest win total since 2010. The Buckeyes also won 14 of 22 Big Ten games this past season, but winning only two of four games in their NCAA regional.“We represented Ohio State very well. We competed with the very top teams all the way to the end,” Schoenly said. Now, the Buckeyes are preparing to try and not only match, but exceed last season’s successes. “We worked very hard,” sophomore catcher Claire Nicholson said. “I think it’s ended too early for us. I think we have a lot more coming this year.”Ohio State will have six seniors returning for the 2019 season: pitcher Morgan Ray, pitcher Katya Duvall, catcher Emily Clark, shortstop Lilli Piper, outfielder Bri Betschel and outfielder/first baseman Megan Choinacky.Piper was the major contributor for the team a season ago, leading the team with a .404 batting average, which was 48th-best in the country, 20 home runs, tied for eighth-most in the NCAA, and 58 RBI.  The expectations for Piper remained the same heading into 2019, as she was named to the preseason USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year watch list prior to the start of her senior season.With Schoenly saying that the senior class has contributed to where the team is today, Ohio State will still look a bit different than it did last season.The Buckeyes added four freshmen — outfielder Meg Otte, infielder Ashley Prange, outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman and pitcher Jessica Ross — and a transfer in sophomore Lauren Rice, who spent her freshman season at Missouri. Ohio State also added a new assistant coach in the offseason in Jordan Clark, the former volunteer assistant coach at Arkansas. “She has brought in a lot of new ideas,” Nicholson said. “We got to teach her a new culture too. It’s really great to have Jordan with us.”Schoenly said she is excited to develop a new identity this season and is excited to start again. But even with the change, Nicholson said the culture of the team will remain the same. “We have a culture that is just unbelievable,” Nicholson said. “There is definitely a way of life we like to stick to and we have a lot of things very important to us. So we get excited to share that.”Ohio State will begin its season Friday in Orlando, Florida, when the Buckeyes take on George Mason, Ole Miss, North Florida and UCF in the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament. read more

Barca to use Coutinho tactics for Pogba

first_imgBarcelona are planning to employ the same tactics used to sign Phillipe Coutinho from Liverpool for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, according to BristolLive.The midfielder has had a frosty relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho which he led to him being dropped to the bench for their second UEFA Champions League clash against Sevilla last season over both legs.Pogba is reportedly keen to leave the club after Jose Mourinho also criticized him after winning the World Cup.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….Barcelona are currently odds on favorite to sign Pogba ahead of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and the Spanish champions are planning to use the same strategy they employed with Phillipe Coutinho last summer for Pogba.Manchester United have no interest in selling their star player but Barca are prepared to wait till January to get their man as they did with Liverpool and Coutinho last season.The Catalan club have already signed Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich but are keen to bolster their midfield options with the addition of Pogba as they look to mount an all-out offensive on the UEFA Champions League.last_img read more

Report Barcelona lineup €50m bid for Adrien Rabiot

first_imgBarcelona are reportedly plotting a late €50m swoop for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien RabiotThe France international’s future at PSG remains uncertain with under 12 months remaining on his current contract.And Rabiot has no shortage of admirers with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona having been heavily linked with a summer move for him.But now that the Italian transfer window has closed, Barcelona now have no major competition left for Rabiot.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Catalan giants have already signed the likes of Malcom, Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Clement Lenglet this summer.But, with 10 days of the Spanish transfer window remaining, Mundo Deportivo reports that they are still not satisfied with their summer business and are willing to splash out around €50m for Rabiot.The offer may prove tempting for PSG to accept, rather take the risk of losing him for nothing next summer.A possible trade deal involving either Ivan Rakitic or Sergio Busquets could be another option with PSG allegedly interested in both players.last_img read more

Tomas Rosicky Its weird seeing Arsenal without Wenger

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky admits it’s strange being at the club without long-time manager Arsene WengerRosicky was signed by Wenger in the summer of 2006 from German side Borussia Dortmund and spent the following decade under the guidance of the Frenchman.The former Czech Republic international left Arsenal in 2016 for a return to boyhood club Sparta Prague, where he spent the final two years of his playing career.“Is it weird to come here without Arsene Wenger? It is a little bit, I have to say,” Rosicky admitted to the Evening Standard.“He spent an unbelievable amount of time here and now has started something new for the whole club, a new era after Arsene Wenger. People have to be patient.“The club is having to adjust. That’s normal when you start after something remarkable like what Arsene did. It’s still early days, only four games. There are some positives, some negatives. We’ll see how it goes in the future.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He means a great deal, it’s impossible to avoid him here. Someone like me, who spent so much time with him, or the other guys here, we see him everywhere.“If you come here it’s not possible to not think about him.”The 37-year-old has begun taking his UEFA coaching badges at Sparta Prague and has wasted no time in seeking counsel from Wenger.“We exchanged some texts only but I haven’t seen him since he left,” said Rosicky.“I needed recommendations about some players. He helped a lot.”Rosicky scored 28 goals in 247 appearances for Arsenal.last_img read more

Carvajal rues missed chances in Real Madrids 22 draw

first_imgReal Madrid defender Dani Carvajal believes they should have added a third goal before Santi Cazorla’s equaliser rescued a point for VillarrealThe European champions lacked sharpness up front in their first game of 2019 at Villarreal with 19-year-old Samuel Chukwueze proving to a threat for the hosts right from the start.The Nigerian would go on to set-up Cazorla’s opener and provided Marcelo with a lot of trouble down the wing with Villarreal seemingly the stronger of the two sides on Thursday.However, two headed goals from Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema caught out Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo to hand Real a 2-1 lead.But Lucas Vazquez was unable to take advantage of a golden opportunity when he was denied by Asenjo in the second half, despite being clean through on goal.Former Arsenal playmaker Cazorla then punished Real for failing to take their opportunities by grabbing an 82nd-minute equaliser to settle things at 2-2.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We had some real chances to finish the game and make it 1-3, but in the end, we drew and dropped two points,” said Carvajal on the club website.“We needed those three points to close the gaps on the leader. Now we need to keep working hard and rack up some points. This is not an easy place to come play.“We’re disappointed because we were ahead for practically the whole match and not winning really stings.”“We knew that they would have to push forward and leave the defence open. Before finishing with a draw, we had two massive chances to kill it off, we did not finish and they nicked a goal at the end.”Los Blancos, who remain fourth in La Liga, will go up against Real Sociedad this weekend.last_img read more

Significant Snowfall Expected Over The Eastern Kenai Peninsula Through Friday

first_imgIncluding the cities of Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. …POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OVER THE EASTERN KENAIPENINSULA ROAD SYSTEM THROUGH FRIDAY… Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Persistent snowfall is expected over the eastern Kenai Peninsula today through Friday. Periods of heavy snowfall and blowing snow  will significantly reduce visibility at times this afternoon  through tonight.center_img Depending on the track the low center takes, the road system from Seward to Portage could see snow accumulations anywhere from one  to three feet through Friday evening. Heaviest snowfall is expected to be from Moose Pass southward.last_img read more

Brewery To Bathroom Raises 5700 For American Cancer Society

first_imgDoug Hogue, the owner of Kenai River Brewery donated 100 shirts for the event: “I think it’s an amazing thing, and I knew we would be able to raise a lot of money for a good cause.” Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each year local volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula put on events in the community to raise funds towards cancer research. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2nd Annual Brewery to Bathroom .5k “The Race for the Rest of Us” brought out roughly 200 racers on Sunday and raised $5,700 for the the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula. The race kicked off at 11:30am, starting at Kenai River Brewery and to the Soldotna Creek Park bathrooms and back. There were refueling stations, and rest breaks throughout the short .31mile course.center_img Event Organizer Alana Martin: ” “We were coming up with all of these crazy loony ideas, like a no-run race. Got online started looking ideas, and found out about the .5k. I liked the idea of doing something, but having it be low-key with low motivation.” The refueling stations, and couches along the way that were sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum, and the City of Soldotna.last_img read more

25 missing as 3 launches capsize in Padma

first_imgAround 25 people went missing as three launches capsized in Padma river near WAPDA launch terminal of Naria in Shariatpur on Monday.The incident took place around 5:00am, leaseholder of the terminal Motahar Shikari told Prothom Alo.A total of five launches were anchored in a BIWTC pontoon of the terminal. All of a sudden at dawn, the pontoon ripped from its moorings in erosion and powerful waves, leading capsize of the three launches in the Padma river, added Motahar Shikari. Around 25 workers, who were sleeping in the capsized launches, went missing, he went on saying.The launches are Mouchak-4, Mahanagari, and Naria-1. On information, fire service rescuers reached the spot and were preparing to conduct a search operation, said Naria police station officer in-charge, Aslamuddin.Divers from Fire Brigade and Civil Defence and Bangladesh Navy were also informed to reach the spot, the OC added.last_img read more

Congress To Take Up DACA Border Wall As It Advances On 2018

first_img Share Andrew Harnik/APPresident Trump, with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaks to reporters after a retreat where GOP leaders made plans for 2018.It may be a new year, but Congress plans to spend most of January wrapping up old business left over from 2017.Congressional leaders are promising to head off any chance of a government shutdown well before the Jan. 19 deadline, but a nearly yearlong fight over President Trump’s demands to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could threaten those plans.Democrats want the upcoming spending bill to also permanently protect the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought to the U.S. as children. They stand to lose the protected status they were given under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.Trump rescinded that program last year, setting an expiration date in March, and congressional Republicans have agreed to work with Democrats on a new law to grant rights to those immigrants. Those talks appeared to be progressing over the holidays, but Trump’s demands that the deal include money to build a border wall could prevent an agreement.Trump repeated his demands Saturday during a news conference held during a weekend planning retreat with congressional leaders at Camp David.“We want the wall,” Trump said. “The wall is going to happen, or we’re not going to have DACA.”But Democrats are threatening to block any spending bill that includes funding for a wall — even if that means shutting down the government. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Friday that Democrats would not accept the latest offer from Republicans because it included $18 billion to build a wall. “President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall,” Durbin said. “With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction.”Alabama Democrat Doug Jones was sworn in last week, which leaves Republicans with just 51 votes in the Senate. GOP leaders will need votes from at least nine Senate Democrats to pass any spending or immigration legislation. To do that, negotiators will have to balance Democrats’ calls for citizenship for all people protected under DACA against Trump’s demands for border security and the construction of a border wall.That standoff comes at a critical moment in the talks. Lawmakers are set to return to Washington on Monday with hopes of finalizing an immigration and spending bill while continuing talks to reauthorize a controversial wiretapping program, fully fund children’s health insurance and send billions in disaster aid to roughly half a dozen states and U.S. territories.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Thursday that he is confident that negotiators will reach a deal without the risk of a shutdown.“Nobody wants to shut the government down on either side,” McConnell said. “I’m optimistic we’ll get a resolution to many of those issues before Jan. 19.”Finishing that work in just two weeks would be ambitious under any circumstances, but the talks come as Congress is also gearing up for the start of an election season that will determine which party controls both the House and the Senate.Congressional negotiators were nearing an agreement in late December on the spending portion of the talks, but leaders have been unwilling to finalize any single portion of the deal until all other elements are complete.That strategy is based on a political bet that a big, broad deal will include so many elements that nearly every lawmaker will be able to find something in the bill that they can support. That plan is particularly risky if lawmakers on either side try to add in politically motivated provisions — like abortion funding restrictions or means testing for government aid programs — known as poison pills.The House plans to kickstart action on some parts of the broader agreement early next week with a vote to extend a controversial wiretapping program authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.Leaders are also in talks over plans to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is set to expire in March, though some states may run out of funding sooner. The program generally enjoys bipartisan support and could be added to a big spending bill in hopes of making it more appealing to lawmakers who might be skittish about other parts of the deal.One group that may need some extra convincing are conservatives who are frustrated with Democrats’ demands to increase funding for domestic programs as part of any eventual spending deal. Democrats want the upcoming spending agreement to uphold a recent pattern of funding domestic programs at the same rate as military expenditures.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters that cutting domestic funding would starve programs including health insurance for veterans and newly created initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. Schumer said there are a number of issues that have yet to be resolved, but like McConnell said he believes a deal is within reach.“Democrats are hopeful we can get this all done,” Schumer said. “We had very serious discussions with the Republican leadership in those areas, and now there will be staff discussions in the next few days trying to get those things done.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Want to see how nature speaks

first_imgThe series of mesmerizing pieces is going to be exhibited from 24 March till 30 March at the Atrium lobby, Taj Palace Hotel.Being a doctor by profession, Singhal’s love for nature inspired her to delve deep into the mysteries of the element and appreciate their finer nuances. She has taken great pleasure in painstakingly converting these connection into expressive colourful strokes and varying textures on the canvas, resulting in ‘magical’ series. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Singhal says, ‘There is a special way that Nature speaks to us. The wind hums, and the ocean dances for us. Even the different hues of green of the foliage, or the fiery reds of fire seem to communicate in a language of their own. It is just that most of the time we are not sensitive enough to lend a patient ear to their story or understand their emotion. Also the elements in a way are representative of the different stages of a human life.’ She added, ‘Childhood may be considered a period of growth(earth and water), youth, a period full of energy and creativity(fire), and old age with its characteristic withering(space and air). The endeavour has also been to characterize the colors into these moulds of human existence.’It would be right to say that all five elements i.e. earth, water, fire, air and space deeply inspire her. And that is how her present collection has come about. Now many colourful experimentations later, she feels buoyant with optimism, and impassioned enough to color the whole world.When: 24 – 30 MarchWhere: Atrium lobby, Taj Palace Hotellast_img read more

Workshop brings importance of waste segregation into focus

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) organised a meeting-cum-workshop on solid waste management audit in Salt Lake Sector V on Thursday.Apart from senior officials of the industrial township authority, including its chairman Debashis Sen, representatives of various IT companies attended the meeting. The industrial township authority has proposed to segregate waste at source in Salt Lake Sector V. Wet waste include food waste, vegetable, fruit and fish scale, bones from meat and chicken, egg shells and flowers while dry waste include paper and cardboard waste, plastic waste, rubber and wood, glass, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lamp, LED lights and CD, foil, thermocol and used medicine Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosestrips. The firms will have to keep two waste bins and urge people to dispose of the waste in respective bins. Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority will collect wet waste from the offices in Sector V regularly while the dry waste will be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dry waste will be stored in AQ block. It was decided that solid waste management audit in big establishments would be held in June to find out whether these organisations follow solid waste management rules. The establishments will be ranked and the zero waste achievers will be awarded with certificates. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state Urban Development department has taken a decision to implement segregation of garbage at source throughout the state. In some municipalities the new method of collecting garbage has started. The civic bodies are giving two bins to each household where the residents are supposed to put the garbage in the proper bin. The wet waste is cleaned every day while the dry waste is cleared thrice a week. The representatives from WIPRO claimed that they had zero waste in their office. The representatives of another firm said they had zero waste in their Bangalore office and they would implement the same in Sector V soon. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon start segregation of garbage at source as a part of the clean city drive. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has introduced segregation of garbage at source in New Town to make it a green and clean city. The development authority had recently held a workshop for local residents to create awareness about the scheme.last_img read more

North Carolina The Hunger Games 2012 The smash

first_imgNorth Carolina, The Hunger Games (2012)The smash hit of this year, The Hunger Games has already generated a great deal of interest in western North Carolina where it was filmed. Even without the peacekeepers, mockingjays and colourful citizens of The Capitol, holidaymakers can follow in Katniss and Peeta’s footsteps and bring the film to life when visiting the places featured in the film.The main site used was the DuPont State Recreational Forest, the location of the outdoor arena in The Hunger Games, in which tributes from each district (one boy and one girl) had to compete in a televised fight to the death. You can even find Katniss’s pond – the location from the fireball sequence in the film.Bali Eat, Pray, Love (2010)The exotic Island of Bali was the last stop for Julia Roberts’s character in the cult hit Eat, Pray, Love, a story following the life of Liz Gilbert – post divorce – in her quest of ‘finding herself’. Amidst the lush green rice paddies, volcanic peaks and tranquil temples, Gilbert found real peace and spirituality through yoga and meditation with her spiritual guide; it’s also, of course, where she fell in love with hunky Felipe (played by Javier Bardem). The film caused a surge in tourism to the island with the province’s tourism agency reporting a huge increase in the number of visitors after the movie was released; especially tourists looking for self-discovery, healing, and an escape from daily life – just like Gilbert was.Hawaii, The Descendants (2012)Set amidst the stunning scenery of Oahu, The Big Island and Kauai – dubbed the ‘garden island’ – The Descendants is a story of heartache in paradise. The film follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads, when Matt King (played by George Clooney) loses his wife in a boating accident off Waikiki.Director of photography Phedon Papamichael divided the film between two Hawaii’s: the more hectic, citified Hawaii of Honolulu and the stunning, natural haven of Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai, draped with verdant, tropical rainforests and surrounded by sapphire seas. The film is already doing wonders for tourism to Hawaii, with Kauai Visitors Bureau (KVB) already expecting a big boost in tourism to the ‘garden island’. RelatedStar Wars: 12 incredible filming locations around the worldSeeing as it’s Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you and all that jazz), we’ve searched our planet for the most spectacular destinations to feature in the films. Put your Star Wars knowledge to the test and be amazed by what these filming locations look like in real-life!6 places from the UK’s most romantic films that you can actually visitRomantic gestures need not cost a fortune or involve travelling very far. Visit these famous film locations from some of cinemas’ soppiest blockbusters, right here in the UK, and save yourself some cash while winning a few hearts. What’s there not to love? Here’s your ticket to romantic superstardomSet Jetter: 10 movie destinations to visitwners Direct introduce their top movie destinations to help remind you of some of the places you promised to visit. Paris, Midnight in Paris (2011)Anyone who has a penchant for Paris will fall even more in love with the city after watching Woody Allen’s new film – Midnight in Paris. Released in 2011, the film stars Gil (played by Owen Wilson) – a struggling writer who is filled with nostalgia for the Paris of the 1920s, when artists and writers flocked to the City of Lights in a celebrated period of creativity.For Gil, the romance of that bygone era exerts a pull that places him increasingly at odds with his impatient, unimaginative future wife, especially after he begins to have magical experiences that take him back in time each night at midnight. Filming locations included the grand Chateau de Versailles, Monet’s garden in Giverny, Musée Rodin as well as countless cobbled streets, jazz bars and classy hotels. In fact, the whole film is one long love letter to the city.Dartmoor, War Horse (2011)Following phenomenal success as a West-End production, War Horse, written by Devon-based author Michael Morpurgo, hit the big screens in 2011. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film follows the story of a young man named Albert and his remarkable friendship with a horse named Joey. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he comes in contact with, before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.Although set in Devon, most of the filming took place in Dartmoor predominantly around Meavy and Sheepstor and War Horse features beautiful, panoramic vistas of the rolling landscape throughout the film. The setting clearly inspired Steven Spielberg as he was quoted as saying: “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor”.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img The locations and settings of films can act as a source of travel inspiration, making you want to follow in the footsteps of the characters that you watch on screen. From the rice paddies of Bali in Eat, Pray, Love to the sun-kissed sands of Hawaii, which featured in The Descendants, Sarah Gibbons, editor of Travelbite.co.uk, picks out her top 5 film-inspired holiday destinations.last_img read more

Rep Noble welcomes former Rep Robert Geake to House floor

first_img Categories: Noble News,Noble Photos 04May Rep. Noble welcomes former Rep. Robert Geake to House floor PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth (right) introduced former state Representative and state Senator Robert Geake to the Michigan House of Representatives this week. Geake served Northville in the Michigan legislature from 1973 to 1998. After leaving the Legislature, Geake served as the state children’s ombudsman and the state racing commissioner.#####last_img read more

Liberty Globals next generation TV platform platf

first_imgLiberty Global’s next generation TV platform platform Horizon “wasn’t a fantastic product when we launched it,” admitted Liberty Global executive Peter Dorr at the CTAM EuroSummit in Copenhagen yesterday.Speaking on a panel named ‘re-imagining the marketing playbook’, Dorr, who is Liberty’s managing director of strategic marketing, sales and care, was asked to candidly discuss something that the company had not done well at in the past.“We have a great tendency of doing great and bad things at the same time – we collectively call it Horizon,” he answered.Dorr described Horizon as a “fantastic product” but said it “wasn’t a fantastic product when we launched it,” adding that a hastily deployed taskforce which focused on the product helped to quickly bring it up to speed.“Only today it is one of the most fabulous TV platforms I’m aware of. But in the context of failures, I think it’s fair to say that we were a little bit too early out of the kitchen.”Asked to take up the topic of successes and failures, A+E Networks UK vice president of marcomms, Anna Priest, named its Lifetime network as a success story.“We launched Lifetime in the UK in November and we launched it in Africa in July. Both have been incredibly successful and we will continue to do that in multiple territories over the coming years,” said Priest.“In terms of failures, I think that sometimes we assume that a programme that’s worked really well in the states will translate into our other territories. A big lesson for us has been Duck Dynasty where we just took it lock, stock and barrel and put it over here and said ‘look isn’t this great’. Actually we found that in the UK our audience is actually violently British and didn’t quite attune with the humour and the rednecks that were on that show.”Also speaking on the panel, Marco de Ruiter, managing director of Fox International Channels, Germany, successfully ducked the success/failure question by saying simply that “there were multiple successes and double the amount of failures.”last_img read more


first_img BILLY CALDWELLCHARLOTTE CALDWELLMEDICAL CANNABISSinn Fein ShareTweet The road trip, which began this week, will also visit the Parliament in Dublin before leaving for Britain to visit devolved institutions in Wales and Scotland and before visiting Westminster.Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health Councillor Patricia Logue said“Sinn Féin’s support for medicinal cannabis will always be based on clinical evidence. “We support the use of medicinal cannabis by patients where it is medically recommended.“Any draft legislation on cannabis to be considered for Ireland – north or south –must be robust, clear, rooted in clinical evidence and available for medical use only.“I commend the efforts of Charlotte and Billy Caldwell, and others like them, who are campaigning for legislation on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and I wish them the best on their road trip across Ireland and Britain.”SINN FEIN SUPPORT BILLY’S LAW ROAD TRIP – LOGUE was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Billy Caldwells mum Billy speaking at launch of the road trip campaign this weekSINN Féin says it is supporting the “Billy’s Law Road Trip” which will take Billy Caldwell and his mother Charlotte across Ireland and Britain to promote the need for legislation on the use of cannabis for medical use.last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies are mixed today

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies are mixed today. *  Ruble is crashing despite the rate hike. *  Silver Eagles reach 43 million in 2014. *  krone reaches parity with krona. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. CBR Hikes Rates to 17%!!!! Good Day!…  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, my first day of Christmas shopping worked out just fine, no hassles, and I accomplished a lot!  The stores weren’t too busy, and most things I looked at to buy, had a discounted price (or so they say) and if you bought, you also got a gift card, based on how much you spent. Immediately, my thoughts went to, that the retailers are having to stretch to get things sold. The workers at one store said they were busy, but mostly answering questions..  When I inquired about something and said I wanted to buy, you should have seen them fall all over themselves to accommodate me! And that’s how it should be! HA! Front and Center this morning is Russia. Well. the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) hiked rates yesterday afternoon from 10.5% to 17%… No that isn’t a typo, nor did my fat fingers make a mistake. They really hiked rates to 17%!!!  That’s crazy stuff folks!  Last night, I attended a year-end party that focuses on old Mark Twain Bank people, and one of my old colleagues in the bond Division, and longtime friend, Dean, mentioned that he thought he saw that Russia raised rates to 17%… I thought he had probably made one too many visits to the bar area, but then realized he had just gotten there!  So, I got home fired up the laptop, and there it was, a notice from the WSJ about the rate hike. YIKES.  Things have gotten totally out of control in Russian finances folks. Like I said the other day, I find it disgusting that the ruble is being treated like this. The initial reaction in the ruble to the rate hike announcement was good, but that quickly changed and the currency has lost about 8 full figures overnight and this morning. 17% interest apparently doesn’t offset the drop in the price of Oil, which fell again overnight to a $54 handle. The ruble is in deep trouble folks. and that brings me to the point I want to make here, that’s on my mind this morning. Russian President, Putin, is being backed into a corner, and we all know what happens when you back a bear into a corner. It comes out meaner than a skillet full of rattlesnakes! And that scares me that we could be picking a fight with a bear. Our military is so stretched thin at this point after 11 years of fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Iraq again. History from the Romans tells us that stretching your military thin all over the world (to them at that time) played a major part in the collapse of the Roman Empire. Of course there is a long list of things that caused the fall of the Roman Empire. Debasing their currency is another, but that list could go on and then I would sound like a history professor, and I don’t think I would be your last choice for someone like that!  But seriously, we as a country need to realize this before it’s too late! Any non-U.S. dollar currency that doesn’t have anything to do with producing Oil, is enjoying a rally this morning, except the Chinese renminbi, which is seeing the PBOC (Peoples Bank of China) play games with the currency. The euro is trading above 1.25 this morning, on news that Eurozone flash PMI’s (manufacturing index) were better than expected, with the composite printing at 51.7 (consensus was for 51.5), and in Germany, the Eurozone’s largest economy, the latest think tank, ZEW, survey on current situation showed an improvement, and the Survey of Expectations were much stronger, with the print at 34.9, while expectations were for a 20 print.  I find this data from the think tank, ZEW, to be quite interesting, and tells me that there might be some light ahead for the Eurozone, and Germany. And the currency traders are liking it too, marking the euro up almost 1 full cent this morning. On the flip side of the good stuff going on in the Eurozone and euro this morning, the Norwegian krone is getting whacked once again from the drop in the price of Oil. Last week I told you that the krone was so weak that it appeared that it might trade alongside the Swedish krona, which traditionally is much weaker than the krone. Well, this morning, the krone traded to parity with the krona, and unfortunately, that’s not a good thing. UGH!  And after trading to parity, the krone went ahead and is actually weaker than the krona right now. That’s the first time since 2000 that this has happened. A kid could have been born and ending their first semester in High School, and never would have seen the krone trade alongside or even weaker than the krona. This drop in the price of Oil has so many things experiencing damaging collateral damage. Speaking of Sweden. The central bank there, The Riksbank, left rates unchanged this morning, and revised down their forward guidance from the first rate hike in mid-2016, to the second half of 2016.  Recall that the Riksbank cut rates at their last meeting to zero, zilch, nada, nothing, a big fat goose egg, and so on, so they didn’t have anything to cut here. But that didn’t stop the Riksbank members from talking about how they are “preparing further measures that can be used to make monetary policy more expansionary, and that such measures could be presented at the next monetary policy meeting.”  Uh-Oh. we all know what that means right?  It means that bond buying, money printing, debt monetization, or otherwise known as Quantitative Easing/ QE, could be discussed when the Riksbank next meets in February. I think the Riksbank 1. Would be making a HUGE mistake playing with fire / QE.  and 2. That their decision will hinge on what the European Central Bank (ECB) does at their January meeting. Remember, the ECB has run into a HUGE roadblock to all-out QE in the form of Germany. And Germany’s Bundesbank member Weidmann reminded the ECB that the roadblock remains in place this morning, saying in an interview that deflationary pressures aren’t strong enough for the ECB to implement QE. OK. I told you above that the Chinese renminbi was weaker this morning and apparently the PBOC decided to weaken the renminbi because the Chinese flash PMI fell to a seven-month low below the line in the sand at 50, falling to 49.5. I DO want to point out here that this data was taken in a two week period instead of the normal 3 week period, so that probably accounts for some of the weakness in the index, which takes the pulse of manufacturing. You know, I’m sitting at my old computer desk in the basement. this is where I did the groundwork in creating EverTrade Direct Brokerage. I came down here to write this week, so that I don’t disturb Kathy.  We have all kinds of pictures hanging on the back wall of the desk, and staring right at me, is a picture of me when I was probably about 8.  I’m sitting on the back porch of our house, with my dad, and younger brother, David, who we lost a few years ago to a heart attack. the picture is good if you just look at the faces of us three. But if you look further, at how we’re dressed, the condition of the porch, and even the transistor radio that we used to listen to Cardinals baseball games is held together with white tape, you get the feeling that we were poor but it didn’t matter! OK. that’s a changeup. But each day this week, I’ll stop and tell you a story about a different picture on the back wall of the desk. And the reason for that is things out there in the world are getting quite scary to me, and I prefer to talk about these pictures than that stuff!  But the scary stuff is why the so-called “safe havens” are in like Flint this morning. Yes, even the Japanese yen is back, gaining two full figures overnight to a 115 handle.  The Swiss franc is stronger, but so too is the euro. That euro / franc cross is still dangerously close to the 1.20 cross floor that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) put in place a few years ago. The cross is 1.2009 this morning.  with the move to the so-called “safe havens” the franc needs the euro to move stronger along with the franc, or this could get ugly. One true safe haven, Gold, is up $24 this morning, after getting whacked yesterday and falling below $1,200 once again. But that was yesterday for Gold, and today is totally different! I saw this morning that India imported 150 tonnes of Gold in November. I also saw on Google+ yesterday, as I sat at the car dealership waiting for my car to have scheduled maintenance, that Silver Eagle Coins set a new annual record of over 43 million ounces sold in 2014.  That’s a lot of physical metal, and yet, it was still not enough to break the back of the price manipulators, so that just tells me we need more buyers of physical metals!   NY Times bestselling author, Robert Ringer said in an interview that investors should be aggressive in buying physical Gold. moving their allocation to 50%!   Now that’s what I would call aggressive alright! 50% allocation? WOW! I have a feeling that Mr. Ringer believes that there’s going to be some major problems forthcoming, otherwise he wouldn’t be so aggressive in this call! And don’t forget, Silver isn’t just used to make Eagle Coins! Silver, as I told you last week, is used in industrial uses, such as solar panels. Platinum and Palladium are used in things like catalytic converters for new cars, and judging from the car sales component in the Retail Sales report last week, new cars are still hot! The U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday had a strong Industrial Production print, like I thought it would be. November IP rose 1.3% following a revised .1% gain Rocktober, and beat expectations which were for a rise of .7%…  There was a 1.1% gain in manufacturing production, and a 5.1% increase in utilities output. So, the components of the report were good, and there was nothing here to really fuss about negatively.  I was really impressed with the rise to 80.1% in Capacity Utilization. Capacity Utilization is one of the few forward looking pieces of data that we look at for indications, and this is the first time Capacity Utilization has been back to 80% since the roaring times of the early 2000’s. Today’s Data Cupboard has some lesser prints in Housing Starts and Building Permits for November. Mortgage rates have dropped yet again, so if you have the chutzpah to put down a down payment and are able to repay the loan, why not? Rates are low, and that really is a HUGE determinate of the monthly payment.  Of course as long as you don’t need a McMansion! For What it’s Worth. I’ve written a lot lately about the drop in the price of Oil and how it could mean an end to the Oil Shale producers here in the U.S. (which I believe was Saudi Arabia’s original goal to begin with)  and here’s a story that I found on Bloomberg last night when I got home from my gala event. You can read the whole article here or just the snippets below. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-12/oil-rot-spreading-in-credit-.html “Credit investors are preparing for the worst. They’re cleaning up their portfolios, selling riskier debt that’s harder to trade in bad times and hoarding longer-term government bonds that do best in souring markets. While investors have pruned energy-related holdings in particular as oil prices plunge, they’re also getting rid of other types of corporate bonds, causing yields to surge to the highest in more than a year. “We believe the pervasive nature of the sell-off is more reflective of overall liquidity concerns in the cash market than of fundamental deterioration,” Barclays Plc analysts Jeffrey Meli and Bradley Rogoff wrote in a report today. “The weakness, while certainly most pronounced in the energy sector, has been broad based.” Rather than waiting around for a trigger to escalate this month’s sell off, investors are pulling out of dollar-denominated corporate debt now, causing a 0.8 percent decline in the notes this month, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch index that includes investment-grade and junk-rated securities. This would be the first month of losses since September.” Chuck again. yes, like I said above the collateral damage from this drop is going to be far and wide.  And yes, gas prices have dropped, but have they really dropped as much as they should give the price drop in Oil?  I still paid $2.51 yesterday. And yes the low grade gas that people use in smart cars, and the other squirrel powered vehicles on the road (there’s nothing wrong with them, just making a point) is priced around $2.00  But, that doesn’t help me, or the millions of vans, trucks, SUV’s, and regular sedans (are there such things any longer?) .. To recap. The currencies are mixed today, with the Oil producing currencies dropping like rocks from the cliff, and the non-oil producing currencies rallying, except the Chinese renminbi. the euro leads the way higher after stronger flash PMI’s and a very strong ZEW report. The Norwegian krone has traded through parity with the krona, for the first time since 2000. UGH! And the U.S. data yesterday was good. for once, I might add!   Gold is up $24 this morning, and Silver Eagle Coins reached a record 43 million sold this year. WOW! Currencies today 12/16/14. American Style: A$ .8235, kiwi .7805, C$ .8580, euro 1.2515, sterling 1.5735, Swiss $1.0420, . European Style: rand 11.3015, krone 7.6075, SEK 7.6140, forint 249.75, zloty 3.3640, koruna 22.0395, RUB 72.96, yen 116.50, sing 1.3015, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.53, China 6.1182, pesos 14.78, BRL 2.7280, Dollar Index 87.93, Oil $54.59, 10-year 2.07%, Silver $16.32, Platinum $1,214.38, Palladium $800.95, and Gold. $1,213.00. That’s it for today. It was great seeing a lot of my old colleagues from Mark Twain Bank last night. One of my fave people is the wily old veteran of right field, Jack Milner! I only see some of these people once a year at this event hosted by John Dubinsky, Frank Trotter, and Chris Lissner.  So kudos to them for a nice evening!  My old, old boss, Frank Szofran and I talked for a very long time, funny, after all these years, we seem to think alike! He must have seen the light! HAHAHAHAHA! Eric Burdon and the Animals are playing their song: We gotta get out of this place on the iPod right now. A great 60’s song.  I’ve been listening to the Christmas station on XM radio in my car, they play Christmas songs from the 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s..  Every hear Dean Martin sing It’s a Marsh Mellow world? Or Ann Margaret and Al Hirt sing Baby it’s cold outside?   Great stuff!   I was just taking a look at the collection of books I have on just this desk. The Death of Money, Economics in one Lesson, Family Fortunes, Letters to a young Progressive, and Panderer to Power. I’ve read them all, and refer back to them all the time. Oh, and there’s the one James Patterson book here too!  And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today, and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

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first_imgNorth Carolina and federal health officials want to test whether neighbors of a chemical company are carrying little-understood industrial compounds in their bodies.The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday it is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bladen and Cumberland county health departments to test dozens of volunteers living around a Chemours Co. plant south of Fayetteville.Officials plan to check the blood and urine of up to 30 residents for GenX and 16 related chemicals.GenX is used to make non-stick cookware and other products.The state health agency says the results will allow better comparisons to levels detected in people elsewhere, but won’t clarify whether GenX and related chemicals have specific health effects.Test results will be shared with the adults and children who participate.last_img read more

Its one of the great achievements of oncology wi

first_imgIt’s one of the great achievements of oncology: with advances in treatment, cure rates for children with cancer in North America now exceed 80%, up from 10% in the 1960s.Yet for kids across the developing world, the fruits of that progress remain largely out of reach. In low- and middle-income countries, restrictive access to affordable treatment, a shortage of cancer specialists and late diagnosis dooms more than 80% of pediatric patients to die of the same illnesses.That’s one measure of what’s known as the “global cancer divide”— the vast and growing gap in access to quality cancer care between wealthy and poorer countries, and the suffering and death that occurs disproportionately in the latter.Nowhere is that divide more pronounced than among children, and it’s driven in large part, experts say, by perceptions of pediatric cancer care as too costly and too complicated to deliver in low-resource settings. Those assumptions, they say, prevent policymakers from even considering pediatric oncology when setting national health priorities.But one hospital in Rwanda is rewriting that narrative.Built and operated by the Ministry of Health and the Boston-based charity Partners In Health, the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence is unique in the region: a state-of-the-art medical facility providing the rural poor with access to comprehensive cancer care. And a new study shows that Butaro’s pediatric cancer patients can be cared for, and cured, at a fraction of the cost in high-income countries.”There’s this myth that treating cancer is expensive,” says Christian Rusangwa, a Rwandan physician with Partners In Health who worked on the study. “And that’s because the data is almost all from high-income countries.”Published in 2018 in the Journal of Global Oncology, the study showed that for patients at Butaro with nephroblastoma and Hodgkin lymphoma, two common childhood cancers, a full course of treatment, follow-up and social support runs as little as $1,490 and $1,140, respectively.Much of the savings, the authors report, comes from the low cost of labor, which for the entire cancer center amounted to less than the average annual salary for one oncologist in the United States. They also cite strong partnerships with Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, whose Boston-based specialists volunteer their expertise on difficult patient cases via weekly video conferences with Butaro’s general practitioners.”Most people don’t think about childhood cancer in terms of return on investment,” says Nickhill Bhakta, a pediatric oncologist with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, which has put in place similar partnerships with institutions in Singapore and China. “But there’s a growing body of literature showing that, for governments, treatment is surprisingly cost-effective.”Bhakta says some of the most compelling evidence for the cost-effectiveness of care in poor countries comes from Uganda, where in March, researchers reported remarkably low costs of treating Burkitt’s lymphoma, or BL. The most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, BL is rapidly fatal, often within weeks. Yet when treated promptly, intensively and with supportive care, more than 90% of children survive the disease.Worldwide, childhood cancers are relatively rare. But as Bhakta and colleagues reported in February in The Lancet Oncology, they’re a far bigger problem than previously believed. Close to half of all children with cancer go undiagnosed and untreated, they found, suggesting that the already low survival for these cancers in low- and middle-income countries “is probably even lower.””The naysayers will say, ‘we don’t have pediatric oncologists in Africa, how would we possibly address this problem?’ ” says Felicia Knaul, a professor of public health at the University of Miami. “And that’s why partnership models, like those supported by Dana Farber and St. Jude, are so important — they’ve shown that you can bridge that gap and have a tremendous impact.”In 2009, Knaul, then director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, led a push to expand cancer care across the developing world, where a growing burden of disease had garnered little attention globally. “We challenge the public health community’s assumption that cancers will remain untreated in poor countries,” she and colleagues wrote in a 2010 “call to action” published in The Lancet, noting “similarly unfounded arguments” against the provision of HIV treatment.In the early 2000s, more than 20 million people were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, yet fewer than 50,000 had access to antiretroviral therapy. Though the life-saving drugs were, by then, widely available in the U.S., skeptics warned that treatment in Africa wouldn’t be cost-effective.Prevention, they asserted, was the only feasible way forward. “The two most important interventions are monogamy and abstinence,” Andrew Natsios, then head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told reporters in 2001. “The best thing to do is behave yourself.”Two decades later, echoes of that attitude reverberate in the global cancer divide; even as cancer rates continue to climb across the developing world, low and middle-income countries account for just 5% of global spending on the disease.Still, recent years have seen important gains.In 2017, the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, adopted a resolution on cancer that for the first time urged its member states to address childhood cancers. And in 2018, St. Jude and the WHO launched the Global Initiative on Childhood Cancer, a five-year, $15 million partnership aimed at aimed at ensuring that all children with cancer can access high-quality medicines. Their goal: to cure at least 60% of children with the six most common types of cancer by 2030.”Here in the U.S., it was the suffering of children with acute leukemia that drove Sidney Farber to develop our first real chemotherapy drug,” said Meg O’Brien, vice president for global cancer treatment at the American Cancer Society. “I don’t think Dr. Farber or any of the tens of thousands of oncologists, nurses or scientists who have worked in cancer research or treatment in the years since would be content to see that what we consider one of our greatest triumphs in the battle against cancer has yet to reach children in low- and middle-income countries.”Patrick Adams is a freelance journalist based in Atlanta, GA. Find him on Twitter at @jpatadams Copyright 2019 NPR. 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