23 Sep

Kenya in consultations with COVAX to facilitate access of vaccine

first_img“ Today our briefing shall focus on immunization services, noting that UNIVERSAL Health Coverage and immunization are fundamentally intertwined as they both contribute to diminishing health inequities, reducing poverty, fostering inclusion and catalyzing economic growth.” She saidAlso Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesShe noted that through the implementation of the National Immunization Program, with collaborative investment with development partners, Kenya has eliminated Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus disease and eradicated Wild Polio Virus.Also Read  Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the country“A scaling of these joint investments has seen a further expansion of our immunization programs through the introduction of 6 new vaccines in the past decade, all of which are contributing to the reduction of childhood diseases and deaths.” She addedDr. Mwangangi said the vaccines are available free of charge through a network of 9,500 health facilities consisting of public, faith based and Non-governmental Organizations’.She said sustained investments in immunization services have led to an improvement in the National Coverage of Immunization Services, with a National average of 83% in 2019. Noting that the achievement, a decline in the absolute number of children vaccinated has been observed as a result of disruption to service access in the earlier months of the COVID-19 Pandemic.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols“Compared to the same period last year, a 2.34% was recorded, with a previous year count of 640,000 children falling to 625,000. In addition, there has been a severe decline in coverage of HPV Vaccine for 10-year old girls, which currently stands at 46%.” She noted Dr. Mwangangi called upon all parents and guardians to ensure that 10-year old girls have received two doses of HPV vaccine and infants complete their vaccination schedule, receiving two doses of measles rubella vaccine by the time they are 2 years old.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Kenya through the Kenya Permanent Mission in Geneva is in consultations with the Global Umbrella Facility for the COVID Vaccine (COVAX), for the purposes of facilitating access to the vaccine.Speaking during the daily briefings on the status of COVID-19 in Kenya, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Mercy Mwangangi also took time to encourage Kenyans to visit health facilities for immunization.She added that all vaccines in the schedule are available at all the health facilities countrywide.last_img read more

17 Sep

Lisa Kudrow interviews director about Friends, comedy

first_imgOn Saturday actress Lisa Kudrow hosted a conversation with veteran director James Burrows. Burrows — who’s earned 10 Emmys, four Directors Guild Awards and a spot in the TV Academy Hall of Fame — received the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Masters Award for Comedy during this year’s [email protected] Festival.Burrows has a long list of directorial credits to his name including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers, Will & Grace and Friends. His more recent credits include directing episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly.Both Burrows and Kudrow received scholarship funds in their name through the Okie Foundation. The “Humor is 90 Percent Surprise” award will be given in honor of Burrows and the “Just Stay With it and Keep Working” in honor of Kudrow.  The scholarships will be given to USC School of Cinematic Arts students starting next year.Kudrow spoke of Burrows’ ability to foster familial relationships and creativity. While shooting the first season, Burrows said he took the six Friends cast members to Las Vegas.“I said, ‘This is your last shot at anonymity,’ because the show hadn’t been on the air yet and I wanted them to bond. I wanted them to love one another,” he said. “I wanted them to, if another director came in, have the guts to say, ‘I think for me it would be better if it went this way.’ I knew they were all creative and that would only make the show better.”But according to Kudrow, Burrows’ generosity extended both on and off set. He gave up his dressing room — which was larger than the actors’ — to the cast so they could play poker.“For the actors you create this playground during rehearsal. It’s a very productive rehearsal, and you encourage those who are willing to pitch jokes. You make it really fun and it feels really collaborative,” Kudrow said. “Thanks for the money you fronted us to gamble.”Though Burrow’s ability to direct comedic television might not have changed much over the years, he said the business of television has. With the rise of cable television and networks such as HBO and Showtime, Burrow said there are more shows on television and comedy writers working at the networks are no longer necessarily the best comedy writers.“With the amount of shows being done now — most of them are not any good,” he said. “But there are maybe 10 shows that are really good, which is probably the same as what it was in the ’70s when there were just three networks.”The volume of shows is not the only thing that’s changed, Burrows said. Starting in the 1990s when Burrows worked on Friends and Will & Grace, networks began to meddle with the plots, claiming that Will & Grace had too many gay jokes and that Monica — one of the Friends — shouldn’t sleep with someone on a first date, as she did in the pilot. Kudrow said that on the night of the pilot taping they did a survey and the audience approved of the plotline.“[The network] didn’t really trust that [writer/creator] David [Crane] and Marta [Kauffman] knew what they were writing about or new the people they were writing about and the network didn’t trust that the audience were the same people,” Kudrow said. “They also wanted an adult on Friends because there hadn’t been a show with just 20-somethings and who’s going to watch that or be interested in those people?”The importance of being innovative and persistent was a key takeaway for students who came to the event.“These two are both very important people in our field and I think the important thing they said was just keep at it,” said Thomas Truax, a freshman majoring in writing for screen and television.David Himelfarb, executive producer of My Wife and Kids and Kyle XY, said he came to the event to see the legendary Burrows, but was excited to see so many eager students.“It’s a business in which training and knowledge is passed on a verbal basis,” Himelfarb said. “There’s a living tree of memories and tradition and ideas and thoughts that are passed along and that’s how the business grows.”Ultimately, Burrows said the most important thing is to have fun with what you’re doing.“I tell actors, ‘Check your ego at the door,’” he said. “I have a fun clause in my contract.”last_img read more

16 Sep

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s season-ending loss in 1st round of NCAA Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 8-seed Syracuse (20-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) suffered a season-ending loss on Thursday against No. 9-seed Baylor (20-13, 10-8 Big 12). The Orange were without their senior point guard Frank Howard and fell victim to a Bears shooting barrage. Elijah Hughes dropped a career-high 28 points in the loss, and Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle combined for 30 points together.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the game. Published on March 22, 2019 at 2:53 amcenter_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

27 Dec

Marriage amendment push is revived

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush and Republican senators launched a repeat election-year push Monday for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Critics denounced it as a political ploy, and even some backers agreed the proposed amendment is doomed to fail. “Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them,” Bush said at a White House event as Senate debate began on the measure. “Changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure.” It’s the latest effort to pass the “Marriage Protection Amendment” from Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo. The same measure in 2004 failed to clear a procedural hurdle necessary to go to a vote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Allard estimates he has 52 yes votes, short of the 67 needed to pass the Senate. In arguing for the amendment, Allard, Bush and other supporters repeatedly pointed to “activist judges” as a powerful force redefining marriage state by state. “Marriage is under attack all across the country,” Allard said. Senate Democrats repudiated the amendment debate as a blatant attempt by Republicans to drive conservative voters to the polls in November, echoing their strategy in 2004. During that national election year, 11 states had same-sex marriage measures on their ballots, including Ohio. Bush won the state, which was decisive in his re-election victory. “This proposed constitutional amendment is being used to satisfy the most extreme right-wing supporters and politicians,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow acknowledged that “of course there’s a political dimension” to Bush’s pronouncement in support of the amendment, but added that “the president is speaking out about a piece of legislation because he believes in it.” Constitutional amendments must pass by two-thirds votes in both houses of Congress and then be ratified by legislatures of three-fourths of the states. The U.S. Constitution has not been amended for 14 years. As the Senate debate began Monday, Republicans talked about marriage with one man and one woman as the foundation of all societies. Democrats stressed a need to protect states’ rights and to keep discrimination out of the Constitution. North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat, lashed out at Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family for newspaper advertisements it ran claiming he doesn’t believe every child needs a mother and a father. The ad was similar to one run in Colorado, attacking Sen. Ken Salazar, a Democrat. Focus on the Family – which is based in conservative Christianity – must believe there are only nine commandments in the Bible, Dorgan said. “They forgot the commandment that says thou shall not bear false witness,” he added. Focus on the Family spokeswoman Carrie Gordon Earll said that for Dorgan “to go to the Scripture to try and support his decision not to defend marriage is kind of an odd response.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

26 Dec

Alexis Sanchez missing as Man United fly out for pre-season tour of United States

first_img 2 2 The Chilean star was not with his Red Devils team-mates as they began their trip around the US, which will see United play five games – with Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan among their opponents.But there is no suggestion that Sanchez’s absence has anything to do with a potential move away from Old Trafford – it is believed he has merely been given extra time off by boss Jose Mourinho.The 29-year-old is entering his first full season at Manchester United following his arrival from Arsenal in January.And Mourinho wants his star man, who suffered from a lack of form at the end of last term, fighting fit for the new Premier League campaign.It is claimed he will meet up with the squad at a later date, having only returned to training last week after his first summer without football for five years. Blind is set to return to his homeland with former club Ajax Meanwhile, Dutch defender Daley Blind was also not present, as he edges closer to a return to Ajax.The 28-year-old is set to return to Amsterdam for a reported £14.1million fee after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Mourinho.Matteo Darmian has also been linked with leaving United this summer, with a move to Juventus touted, but he was part of the squad that travelled to the US on Sunday.Fans in the States may be disappointed that a number of their United heroes will not be joining the tour due to the World Cup.The Premier League giants had 12 players take part in Russia – including David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and newly-crowned world champion Paul Pogba – and they will not be joining the tour. Sanchez will join United’s tour of the US at a later date Manchester United have flown out for their pre-season tour of the United States without star forward Alexis Sanchez.last_img read more