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Saving neonatal lives

first_imgGünther Fink, a health economist with expertise in child health and development, thinks that all countries should aim to reduce neonatal mortality by 70 percent by the year 2030. In a recent paper for the Copenhagen Consensus, he argues that this goal should be part of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will be set in September 2015.Why do you think it’s critical that the world focus on reducing neonatal mortality?It is depressing that about 2.8 million babies continue to die in the first month of their lives every year. Those deaths account for more than 40 percent of total mortality of children under age five globally, and most of those deaths — 70 percent or 80 percent — can be prevented relatively easily. The large majority of these deaths are due to three main causes: prematurity, interpartum-related complications, and sepsis. There is no reason why so many babies have to die. To me, saving neonatal lives is a more tangible and more real objective than more general things like ending poverty — which we also want to do and we also agree on — because this objective is more concrete and more achievable than many other objectives currently being considered for the new Sustainable Development Goals. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Dunk party: ‘Mayor’ Fieler, Florida Gulf Coast return for 2nd term

first_imgAt Florida Gulf Coast’s Midnight Madness event, Chase Fieler’s moniker became official. The Eagles introduced him as “the mayor of Dunk City.”In last season’s NCAA Tournament, Fieler, secretary of dunk Brett Comer and cabinet members Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson captivated the nation as the No. 15 seed in the South Region, upsetting No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State en route to the Sweet 16.Now the Cinderella Eagles are known throughout the land, and will enter this season with eyes fixated on their glass sneakers and little-known town of Fort Myers, Fla. With the return of mayor Fieler, Comer and the addition of head coach Joe Dooley from Kansas, Florida Gulf Coast is out to prove it can once again attend the grand ball.“Far and away, nothing we do locally to drive the economy and interest in Fort Myers can compete with that kind of national notoriety,” said Randy Henderson, the actual mayor of Fort Myers, in an email. “Enrollment in the school spiked and continues. People love Fort Myers.”In 1983, there was Jim Valvano, North Carolina State and the “Cardiac Cats”. In 1988, there was Kansas’ “Danny and the Miracles.” In 2013, it was “Dunk City” and Florida Gulf Coast, a small school on Florida’s western shore that earned full Division I postseason eligibility only two years ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut on Nov. 13, in its second game of the season, FGCU upset Miami (Fla.).“After that game, it really gave us the confidence that we could play with one of the elite teams in the country,” Fieler said.The Eagles went on to win the conference championship and earned themselves an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and a first-round matchup against No. 2-seed Georgetown.“When we saw that matchup, we kind of got wide eyed,” Comer said, “because we knew we could really go up against them and win the game.”The origin of the “Dunk City” motto is unclear. Some players first heard it on ESPN. Others say they saw it on Twitter. But against Georgetown, “Dunk City” won, and won in “Dunk City” fashion.With the Eagles leading 65-58 with 2:03 left in regulation and the Hoyas pressing, Fieler threw an underneath-the-basket inbounds pass to Thompson. Thompson made a quick pass to Comer, who was waiting just outside the 3-point line on the right side.Racing from end to end on the left side of the court was Fieler, who soared through the air and caught a pass from Comer with his right hand cocked behind his head. Fieler threw it down with authority. He officially earned his mayoral title after the game.“That’s something we’ve done in practice and we’d done throughout the entire season,” Fieler said. “I don’t think we really knew how big of a deal it was and how much it meant to the nation until the timeout when the stadium was going crazy and when we got out and watched it on ‘SportsCenter.’”The dunk put the finishing touches on a win and put “Dunk City” on the map. In Western Florida, there was pandemonium.“You would walk into a gym and all everybody was talking about was FGCU and ‘Dunk City’ making it to the Sweet 16,” said Eagles freshman guard Armand Shoon, who attended Westwood Christian High School in Miami. “I definitely wanted to be a part of an up-and-coming program, and with the success they had, it was a no-brainer.”But in the Sweet 16, the Eagles lost to Florida. A month later, head coach Andy Enfield departed for Southern California. Two weeks later, the school announced the hiring of Dooley, an assistant from Kansas.Dooley doesn’t mind the up-tempo style, and said the team can probably average more points, or at least as many points, if it cuts down on turnovers and rebounds on the defensive end.“It doesn’t need to be remade,” he said, “it just needs to be refined.”FGCU doesn’t plan on doing any renaming either, just building on last season’s unprecedented success.“At this point, we have to build a legacy,” Fieler said. “Not just a one and done, or just one or two years. We have to keep winning.”As for Mayor Henderson, he doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with Fieler, the mayor of “Dunk City.”“I will be tutoring Chase in the ways of Mayorhood,” he said. “He will be reciprocating by helping me improve my game. I love basketball. It’s a win-win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 7, 2013 at 2:25 am Contact Josh: [email protected]last_img read more

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Beat writers predict Syracuse to win 6th straight, down Maryland on Monday night

first_imgSyracuse (5-0) has opened the year on a five-game win streak, but its first real test comes Monday night when it takes on Maryland (6-1) inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange enters the matchup after an eight-point win over Toledo, a game where Frank Howard stepped up when SU’s leader, Tyus Battle, left with an injury. The Terrapins downed New Mexico, 80-65, in the consolation game of the Emerald Coast Classic.Here are our three beat writers’ thoughts on the matchup.Sam Fortier (5-0)Strong words, gentle deedsSyracuse 69, Maryland 66This season, the Terps have looked great (beating Butler by 14 while shooting 57 percent) and … not so great (losing to St. Bonaventure by two shooting 42 percent). It’s tough to tell which Maryland will show up on Monday night for one of the youngest teams in the nation’s first true road games, but one consistent point has been UMD’s inability to take care of the ball. Maryland ranks among the worst in the nation in turnovers, giving the ball away on a quarter of its possessions. That, plus its inexperience, allows Syracuse to nudge ahead and grab an early-season win over a strong nonconference opponent.Matthew Gutierrez (5-0)Fear the turtleSyracuse 61, Maryland 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is a tossup. Maryland committed 20 turnovers and shot just 5-for-23 from deep in an upset loss to St. Bonaventure, but the Terps looked good in beating Butler earlier in the season and boast a 6-1 overall record. UMD’s turnover numbers and cold shooting bode especially well for SU. Given the way Syracuse played without Tyus Battle last week, the Orange wins the back-and-forth game in front of its largest crowd of the season.Tomer Langer (5-0)Out of gasSyracuse 73, Maryland 65The Terrapins are the strongest team SU has played this year. But they’ll be playing their third game in four nights, while the Orange has been able to rest since Wednesday. UMD’s weakness is its high turnover rate, and a tired team should continue to struggle holding onto the ball. SU’s stifling zone, and time off, should help it pass its first test. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 26, 2017 at 7:14 pmlast_img read more

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