HSPH, Ministry of Health of India formalize collaboration on public health issues

first_imgIndia faces daunting public health challenges. Maternal and infant mortality rates are high. Malaria and tuberculosis persist stubbornly. Noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer are prevalent and increasing. And many—especially the poor—lack good and affordable health care.Keshav Desiraju, secretary of health for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India, and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty gave an overview of India’s current and future public health challenges at an HSPH seminar on May 9, 2013. Introducing Desiraju, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk said he is described by colleagues “as a visionary and a man of action, with enormous capacity to articulate complex ideas.”Desiraju’s talk featured the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and HSPH, which formalizes a closer working relationship between the School and the ministry on a variety of public health issues. Ties between HSPH and India are longstanding, said Wafaie Fawzi, chair of the HSPH Department of Global Health and Population (GHP).“Many of us at the School—faculty, students, and staff—have had the privilege of working with institutions and partners in India for mutual benefit on issues of critical importance to global health such as the impact of urbanization, the effectiveness of health interventions, and issues around nutrition research and training,” Fawzi said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Svensson delivers blow to Irish hopes

first_imgVeteran Anders Svensson left the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup hopes in tatters as he marked his record-equalling 143rd appearance for Sweden with the winner as his side won 2-1. The 37-year-old midfielder, who matched Thomas Ravelli’s leading caps total for their country at the Aviva Stadium, fired home from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s slide-rule 57th-minute pass to help the Swedes complete a stirring comeback in front of a packed house. It had started so well for Ireland when Robbie Keane blasted them ahead with 22 minutes gone – the 60th goal of his senior international career. Press Association But with Ibrahimovic casting himself in the role of provider rather than executioner, the home side wilted as first victory, then the minimum requirement of a draw slipped from their grasp. Johan Elmander levelled after 33 minutes with a bullet header to pave the way for Svensson to finish the job and arguably, Ireland’s hopes of making it to Brazil next summer. Giovanni Trapattoni’s men will head for Austria on Tuesday night knowing nothing short of victory will give them any chance of wrestling back a chance of snatching second place in Group C, and even them they might have to do something special away to runaway leaders Germany to achieve it. Shane Long, challenged by assistant manager Marco Tardelli during the week to improve his finishing, might have provided the perfect riposte within a minute of the kick-off only for full-back Martin Olsson to make a brave block after defender Richard Dunne had headed down Seamus Coleman’s free-kick for the striker. Glenn Whelan thumped a shot from distance into Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson’s midriff after slicing an earlier effort wide, and Jon Walters drove past the post in an encouraging start by the home side. Ibrahimovic had in the meantime wasted two free-kicks, sending both into the defensive wall, but Marc Wilson had to redeem himself after allowing a 16th-minute cross to drop over his head to the Paris St Germain frontman by getting in a good block to repel the ensuing shot. Ireland were almost undone from the resulting corner when Sebastian Larsson’s set-piece was helped on to Ibrahimovic beyond the far post, but he could not react quickly enough and stabbed his effort into the side-netting. But Trapattoni’s men forced their way in front with 22 minutes gone, and the identity of the scorer came as little surprise. James McClean had already served warning by dropping a cross on to Isaksson’s bar with the goalkeeper beaten, but the visitors failed to take heed. Full-back Mikael Lusting’s careless header allowed skipper Keane to race in on goal and toe-poke the ball past the advancing keeper, only for it to come back off the foot of the post. Sweden appeared to have got away with it as Mikael Antonsson and Lustig pounced on the rebound, but between them, they could only serve it up for the Ireland skipper once again and he gleefully lashed it into the roof of the net. However, the lead lasted just 11 minutes despite a glaring miss by Larsson, who headed wide from Ibrahimovic’s cross with the goal at his mercy. Elmander was far more deadly when he opportunity arrived, getting ahead of 33-year-old Dunne, playing his first competitive game for the Republic for more than a year, to power Lustig’s cross home. In an instant, the momentum of the game had shifted and it was the home side which was perhaps most grateful to hear the half-time whistle. The two sides returned after break equally aware of the consequences of both victory and defeat, and it was the Swedes who were first to threaten when Elmander met Olsson’s left-wing cross at the near post, but flicked just wide under pressure from Dunne. McClean forced Isaksson into an uncomfortable 51st-minute save after Long and Walters had combined well on the edge of the penalty area, but it was opposite number David Forde who found himself in the thick of the action as Sweden made their move. The 33-year-old raced from his line to deny Larsson after he had run on to Ibrahimovic’s exquisite through-ball, but was powerless when the striker repeated the dose to set Svensson free, and his finish was assured. Trapattoni’s response was muted – he sent on Simon Cox and then debutant Anthony Pilkington, but to little avail as Sweden saw out time comfortably. last_img read more

Parris takes reps from struggling tight end Wales

first_img Published on November 14, 2013 at 10:53 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said tight end Beckett Wales needs to continue to work on his consistency.“He’s aware of that,” Shafer said during his weekly press conference Thursday.Wales didn’t catch a ball against Maryland and only has six receptions on the season for 43 yards. Redshirt freshman Josh Parris played 57 snaps against the Terrapins, bumping the former starter Wales’ down to just 17, according to The Post-Standard. Parris only caught one pass for two yards last Saturday, but has been more involved in the offense than he was at the start of the season.Against Wake Forest, Wales and Parris each caught one pass. The move to put both Brisly Estime and Ashton Broyld on the field together has resulted in a drop in the involvement of tight ends in the offense as a whole.Shafer said Wales is working diligently to earn back reps this Saturday against Florida State and going forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought his approach was good this week,” Shafer said, “the way he went after it at Tuesday’s practice and yesterday’s practice.”Shafer’s been impressed by Parris, who he said is a good athlete and a big, strong kid. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound tight end’s work ethic, coupled with his skill set, Shafer said, make him a viable option going forward.“He’s got really nice hands,” Shafer said. “Soft hands for a big old dog.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers still revel in 1988 NLCS victory over Mets

first_imgMike Scioscia hit .191 against Dwight Gooden in 72 plate appearances. You are excused for not remembering 71 of them.The one that mattered was in Game 4 of the 1988 National League Championship Series, Dodgers vs. Mets. It came in the ninth inning and purged the Mets of a 3-1 series lead they were already digesting.The Dodgers would win in seven games and then knock off Oakland in five for their last world championship.“We thought the Mets were the best team in baseball,” Mickey Hatcher said. “After that, we pretty much knew we’d win the World Series.” Claire consulted with scout Reggie Otero, who had signed Griffin in the Dominican. “Fred, you should do this,” Otero told him.Howell saved 21 games with an excellent 1.000 WHIP. He normally had rosin on his glove, “but pine tar worked better in the cold,” he said. It was 43 degrees, with cutting winds and a saturated field, in Game 3.With Kevin McReynolds hitting, Mets’ coach Bill Robinson spotted the pine tar. “The Mets pitchers all changed their gloves after that,” Hatcher said.The Mets’ Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez said the ejection was excessive. That didn’t soothe Howell. The next day he and Gene Orza, from the Players Association, met with N.L. President Bart Giamatti.“I’m terrified,” Howell recalled. “And Gene and Bart are in there cracking jokes. I finally say, ‘Bart, what’s going on?’ He says, ‘You’re suspended for this one game tonight. But don’t worry. Something is going on right now that is going to make everyone forget about this.”Baseball was already investigating Pete Rose, whom Giamatti, as commissioner, would suspend the next August.Howell watched Game 4 in Manhattan, with Marty Gottlieb, an actor, and Tom Litkovich, who worked for Merrill Lynch.The first thing he saw was the last thing that sticks with him to this day. The Dodgers came out wearing “50” — Howell’s number — on their sleeves.“That’s the way that team was,” he said. “People had each other’s backs. We’d follow Orel around, trying to get some of that magic. He would protect the hitters. Dave Parker had said something about me and Orel said, ‘Watch,’ and he struck him out on three pitches, made him look bad.“But the stuff people did to win games, unlikely people … You’d sit there and say, ‘Really? Did I just see that?’ It wasn’t momentum. Something was pulling us forward. People say, ‘Well, they had the will to win.’ Everybody has the will to win. It’s just hard to explain.”No harder than Scioscia’s home run in the ninth inning, on Gooden’s first pitch behind John Shelby’s walk. Scoscia had hit three homers all year. It was tied, 4-4, but without Howell. Alejandro Pena handled three innings that led to Gibson’s go-ahead homer in the 12th.It took starter Tim Leary, Orosco and finally Hershiser, on zero days’ rest, to get through the 12th, with McReynolds popping up, bases loaded.“Orel went down to the bullpen,” Hatcher said. “Tommy said, ‘What’s he doing?’ Then he said, ‘Is he throwing good?’”The series was tied, 2-2. “But the Mets had to wonder why we were still hanging around,” Hatcher said.The Dodgers won six of their next seven games, and a World Series title.In Hallandale, Fla., Reggie Otero went to sleep knowing he was part of a championship franchise. He suffered a heart attack and never woke up.“I sometimes wonder if there’s anybody who hasn’t heard all these stories,” Howell said.He shouldn’t. On Oct. 22, there will not be a single 27-year-old who was alive when the Dodgers won this last championship. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img But Jay Howell, the Dodgers’ closer, was not in Shea Stadium for Game 4. He had a reason, if not an excuse.Poised to save Game 3 the day before, with a 4-3 lead in the eighth, Howell instead was ejected when home umpire Harry Wendelstedt found pine tar on his glove. The Mets then beat the Dodgers, 8-4.“Harry looked at the glove and turned around and gave it the old-school, ‘You’re outta here!” Howell said. “I thought maybe he’d just throw out the glove.”The next day-and-a-half sent Howell through the looking glass, cascading past guilt, fear, anxiety and wonderment. Howell got death threats. Free agency was imminent. He wondered if he had sabotaged his team’s 94-win journey, or even his own career.The Dodgers had signed Kirk Gibson as their headline free agent. General Manager Fred Claire also had swung a three-team deal that brought Howell, shortstop Alfredo Griffin and lefty reliever Jesse Orosco. But it would cost him starter Bob Welch.last_img read more