Defeating malaria “within reach”

first_imgA mother and child in Niamey, Niger, takerefuge under a newly installed long-lastinginsecticidal net.(Image: Benoist Carpentier, WHO)MEDIA CONTACTS • Samantha BoltonCommunication officer, WHO, Geneva+41 22 791 5524 or +41 79 239 23 66Source: Irin NewsOver the past decade, malaria control programmes in Africa have resulted in a significant 200 000 fewer deaths per year, down from 985 000 in 2000 to 781 000 in 2009, states the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Malaria Report 2010, released on 14 December 2010.“We are saving 204 000 lives per year right now over the baseline in 2000. If we can achieve and sustain universal coverage in all countries, then the number of lives saved will be enormous,” Robert Newman, director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, told Irin.The number of estimated malaria cases globally in 2009 was 225-million and the vast majority of malaria-related deaths, about 91%, occur in Africa, says WHO.The report sees the strategic scale-up of malaria prevention and control as critical in the highest burden countries: Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania experienced more than 40% of all malaria-related deaths in Africa.The scale-up between 2008 and 2010, aimed at protecting 578-million people at risk in sub-Saharan Africa, included distributing long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs), indoor residual spraying, universal diagnostic testing of suspected malaria and prompt treatment of confirmed cases with Artemisinin-based combination therapy.Household net ownership has reached more than 50% in 19 African countries, with more children under-five using one (35%) compared with previous years. An improvement from 5% in 2000 to 35% in 2009 in diagnostic testing and indoor residual spraying also protected 75-million people, or 10% of the population at risk in 2009.Eradication successIn 2010, 11 African countries and territories – including South Africa – witnessed a 50% reduction in confirmed malaria cases and deaths over the decade, whereas in 32 out of 56 endemic countries outside Africa the decrease was even higher.Morocco and Turkmenistan were certified by WHO as having eliminated malaria in 2009 and the European Region reported no cases of Plasmodium falciparum – the most dangerous malaria parasite species – malaria for the first time.However, experts say that while considerable progress has been made, coverage of interventions in African countries remains below the international targets for 2010.Recent increases in funding for malaria control reached US$1.8-billion (R12.3-billion) in 2010, resulting in major scale-up of key interventions. WHO says the amounts committed to malaria still fall short of the resources required, estimated at more than $6-billion (R41-billion) for 2010.“The greatest challenge facing Africa in the fight against malaria is maintaining political will and financial commitment. Malaria prevention and control works,” said Newman.“If we can achieve and maintain universal coverage with vector control [LLIN or indoor residual spraying], diagnostic testing for suspected malaria cases, and treatment with Artemisinin-based combination therapies for confirmed cases – then we can not only reach international malaria targets by 2015, but also go a long way towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals,” he said.Download the full WHO World Malaria Report 2010 (PDF, 17MB).last_img read more

High Performance Packet Processing in the NFV World

first_imgNetwork transformation is taking off like a rocket … with the SDN, NFV, and network virtualization market accounting for nearly $10 Billion (USD) in 2015, according to SNS Research.(1) This momentum will take front stage this week at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, including dozens of solutions and demos that spotlight Intel technology.New Ways to Speed up Packet ProcessingPacket processing workloads are continuously evolving and becoming more complex, as seen by progressing SDN/Network-overlay standards and signature-based DPI, just to name a few examples. One requires highly flexible software and silicon ingredients to deliver cost-effective solutions to cater to these workloads. NFV solutions are all judged on how fast they can move packets on virtualized, general-purpose hardware. This is why the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) is seen as a critical capability, delivering packet processing performance improvements in the range of 25 to 50 times( 2, 3) on Intel® processors.Building upon the DPDK, Intel will demonstrate at MWC how equipment manufacturers can boost performance further while making NFV more reliable. One way is to greatly reduce cache trashing by pinning L3 cache memory to high-priority applications using Intel Cache Allocation Technology. Another is to use a DPDK-based pipeline to process packets instead of distributing the load across multiples cores, which can result in bottlenecks if the flows cannot be uniformly distributed.Intel Cache Allocation TechnologyIt’s no secret that virtualization inherently introduces overheads that lead to some level of application performance degradation compared to a non-virtualized environment. Most are aware of the more obvious speed bumps, like virtual machine (VM) enters/exits and memory address translations.A lesser known performance degrader is caused by various VMs competing for the same cache space, called cache contention. When the hypervisor switches context to a VM that is a cache hog, cache entries for the other VMs get evicted, only to be reloaded when those VMs start up again. This can result in an endless cycle of cache reloads that can cut performance in half, as shown in the figure. (2, 3)On the left side, the guest VM implementing a three-stage packet processing pipeline (classify, L3 forward, and traffic shaper) has the L3 cache to itself, so it can forward packets at 11 Mpps. The middle pane introduces an aggressor VM that consumes more than half the cache, and the throughput of the guest VM drops to 4 Mpps. The right side implements Intel Cache Allocation Technology, which pins the majority of the cache to the guest VM, thus restoring the packet forwarding throughput to 11 Mpps. (2, 3)IP Pipeline Using DPDKThere are two common models for processing packets on multi-core platforms:Run-to-completion: A distributor divides incoming traffic flows among multiple processor cores, each processing their assigned flows to completion.Pipeline: All traffic is processed by a pipeline constructed of several processor cores, each performing a different packet processing function in series.At MWC 2015, Intel will have a live demonstration of high-performance NFV running on industry standard high volume server, where copies of packet processing pipelines are implemented in multiple VMs, and the performance of these VMs is governed using state-of-the-art Cache Monitoring and Allocation Technologies.Want to know more? Get more information on Intel in Packet Processing.Are you at MWC 2015?Check out the high-performance NFV demo at the Intel Booth and see the new Intel technologies developed to drive even higher levels of performance in SDN and NFV! Visit us at MWC 2015 – App Planet, hall 8.1, stand #8.1E41.1 Source: PR Newswire, “The SDN, NFV & Network Virtualization Bible: 2015 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts.” Nov 27, 2014, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-sdn-nfv–network-virtualization-bible-2015–2020–opportunities-challenges-strategies–forecasts-300002078.html.2 Performance estimates are based on L2/L3 packet forwarding measurements.3 Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel® products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information on performance tests and on the performance of Intel products, visit Intel Performance Benchmark Limitations.last_img read more

D’Aversa: ‘Parma not happy with result’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa was “satisfied with the performance against Fiorentina, less so with the result.” The Gialloblu held the home side to a 1-1 draw, but D’Aversa believes they could’ve won had two offside calls not gone against Gervinho. “The performance satisfies me, less so the result. We had to do better, especially with the final pass. Gervinho was called offside two times when he wasn’t,” the coach said in a press conference. The protocol with VAR is to give the benefit of the doubt in tight decisions, but the assistant referee was a little too eager today. D’Aversa revealed that many of his players are not in the best physical condition due to playing three games over the last week amid an injury crisis. “Yann Karamoh stayed on the field despite a sprain, Juraj Kucka and Giuseppe Pezzella gritted their teeth, we are not in optimal condition. We hope to recover players very soon. “We had to suffer in the second half, Fiorentina have excellent technique and important players.” Parma are now 10th in the table, but have only won once in their last five games.last_img read more

Australian Open: Vintage Roger Federer hammers Tomas Berdych to reach fourth round

first_imgA rampaging Roger Federer delivered a stunning reminder of his class at the Australian Open on Friday with a crushing 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych to storm into the fourth round.Playing only his third tour match since coming back from a knee injury, Federer was expected to be tested by the hard-hitting Czech but he sent the 10th seed packing after a 90-minute masterclass at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena. (Also read: Australian Open: Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka advance to 4th round)The 35-year-old Swiss, seeded 17th, had shown rust in his earlier matches but was in spell-binding touch with 40 winners, wrapping up the match with an imperious crosscourt backhand.Federer will meet fifth seed Kei Nishikori for a place in the quarter-finals.last_img

NYC Referee Coaching Panel Appointments 2016

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken the process of Referee Coach Appointments for the 2016 National Youth Championships – including the Alliance Cup and Harvey Norman Schools Cup.TFA concurrently, have been undertaking a review and update of our Referee Coach pathway and education in alignment with the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development www.ausport.gov.au/ftem TFA have aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This specifically commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which was piloted late in October and December 2015, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016/17.The appointment process included an expression of interest and ranking assessment, followed by a suitability interview. The process highlighted the following findings:·         The process unearthed new talent to support the direction of renewal in the referee coaching area.·         Clear and direct organisation communication promoting a unified message in relation to expectations is paramount to the success of the discipline.·         An improved approach to coaching appointments is required and committed to by the coaching group. This will result in fewer games for coaches to improve quality of feedback, more resources to improve coverage and pathway of the coaching and/or coaching to suit the purpose/goals of the referees.·      The behaviour and conduct, and expectations of all members of the contingent must be set to reflect that of a national event.·         To supplement the requirements of referees and assist with self and peer analysis we will look to identify and allocate referee mentors (injured, retired, or international referees) to events.Please view the attached document for allocated roles and further information. Related Files2016_nyc_coach_appointment_annoucment_roles_and_responsibilities_01-pdfRelated LinksNYC Referee Coaching Panellast_img read more

What It Will Take For Alabama’s Nick Saban To Get A Twitter Account

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Nick Saban does not have a personal Twitter account. If I had to bet on it, I’d guess the Alabama head coach will never have one. The five-time national champion said today he’d consider getting one, though. During an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show, Saban said he’d get a personal Twitter account if “someone can prove to me there’s an advantage.” Nick Saban on @twitter“If someone can prove to me there’s an advantage in it I’ll certainly do it” pic.twitter.com/t0vAjoDRLF— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016Most college football coaches do have Twitter accounts.Jim Harbaugh’s is probably the most-popular and he has 417K followers. Urban Meyer has had one for a year-plus and he also has 417K followers.  How many could Saban get up to? During his interview with Finebaum, he was also asked about Lane Kiffin’s use of social media. The Alabama offensive coordinator has done some trolling of his rivals and his use of bitmojis. I asked Nick Saban about @Lane_Kiffin‘s trolling & use of bitmoji’s“I don’t think that’s something anyone should do for attention”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016“Lane, Coach Saban wants to see you in his office. Bring your phone and your Twitter password.”last_img read more

Miranda Lambert Headlines Cause For Paws Concert

first_imgMiranda Lambert, the reigning 4-time ACM and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, headed to Thackerville, OK to headline the 6th Annual Cause for the Paws concert benefitting Miranda’s own MuttNation Foundation.On Friday, May 31st, Miranda took the stage at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK.MuttNation has raised more than $400,000 for its cause so far in 2013 from Cause for the Paws and various other donations – including continual fundraising efforts by individual groups of Ran Fans. The Cause for the Paws event raised funds through a combination of ticket sales, a live auction, an eBay auction, raffle tickets, vendors donating their services and private donations.Popular items from the eBay auction included a Mini Replica “Blake and Miranda Wedding,” an autographed George Strait cowboy hat & two tickets to his sold out show in Texas, and autographed Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift guitars.MuttNation Foundation has been actively helping reunite families with pets lost in last month’s devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and finding new homes for pets in need.Miranda’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country in order to aid organizations and governmental institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals, fund spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs.“I feel so blessed to be able to continue the work of MuttNation Foundation in aiding and assisting animals in need,” said Miranda “Aside from music, this is my biggest passion in life, and I find it so rewarding to help end animal suffering and homelessness.”last_img read more

Columbus to host NCAA womens basketball Final Four in 2018

For the first time ever, the city of Columbus is set to host the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four in 2018.The announcement was made Monday evening on ESPN2 after the women’s basketball committee visited Columbus in September.Columbus was up against Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and New Orleans in the bidding process. Each city was in the running to host the Final Four between 2017 and 2020, with Dallas getting 2017, Tampa Bay being awarded the 2019 tournament and New Orleans receiving the Final Four in 2020.Columbus has never hosted the women’s Final Four, but last hosted first round matchups at Ohio State’s St. John Arena in 2013.Tampa Bay is set to host the 2015 women’s Final Four.Bids to host the Final Four were due in May and the committees narrowed the list down to select finalists before visiting each of those cities earlier this fall.According to an NCAA release, any venue that wishes to host the women’s Final Four must have a seating capacity of at least 18,000. Nationwide Arena — the likely site for a Final Four in Columbus — has a capacity of 19,500 for basketball.A Greater Columbus Sports Commission release estimated in September that the women’s Final Four could generate $18-20 million in visitor spending and could attract 40,000 fans. read more

Rep Huizenga to host local office hours

first_img Categories: Huizenga News State Rep. Mark Huizenga of Walker will host district office hours on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26 to meet with local residents of the 74th District. Rep. Huizenga will be joined by state Sen. Peter MacGregor at the Jan. 25 office hours.“This is a great opportunity to directly hear your thoughts and questions about state government,” Rep. Huizenga said. “As your voice in Lansing, it is a top priority to be accessible and accountable to you. I hope you will join us and share your ideas and concerns.”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Friday, Jan. 25 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Dr. NE in Rockford; andSaturday, Jan. 26 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy, 13961 White Creek Ave. NE in Cedar Springs.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Huizenga’s office by calling (517) 373-8900 or by email at MarkHuizenga@house.mi.gov. 22Jan Rep. Huizenga to host local office hourslast_img read more