Nestle terminates IAAF sponsorship over doping scandal

first_img DOPING ALLEGATIONS “This decision was taken in light of negative publicity associated with allegations of corruption and doping in sport made against the IAAF,” Nestle said in a statement. “We believe this could negatively impact our reputation and image and will, therefore, terminate our existing agreement with the IAAF, established in 2012.” The IAAF, incensed by the Nestle announcement, was determined to hold the company to the final year of its contract. Rather than accepting the sponsor’s decision, the IAAF said it remained “in discussion with Nestle concerning the final year of its five-year partnership”. The programme was due to reach another 15 countries, involving another three million children, training 360 lecturers and 8,640 physical education teachers, the IAAF added. LONDON (AP): Food and beverage giant Nestle told the IAAF yesterday that it terminated its sponsorship of athletics’ governing body over fears the doping scandal could damage the company’s image. The announcement came while adidas remains in talks with the IAAF about its handling of the corruption scandal amid reports the sportswear giant was considering ending its sponsorship. The IAAF, under Sebastian Coe’s new leadership, is fighting attempts by sponsors to cut their contracts early. Nestle funded the kids’ athletics programme for four years, but decided to end the partnership “with immediate effect”.last_img read more

Africare Strategy Tames Malaria, Could Rout Ebola

first_imgChildren across the West African nation of Benin sleep safer at night and live healthier lives because of a modest pilot program to decrease malaria-related deaths.  Directed by Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, the pilot program is said to have delivered such outstanding results that it was immediately expanded throughout the entire country by the government of Benin.Benin’s President Boni Yayi , in recognition of the program’s remarkable success, has honored Africare president, Dr. Darius Mans and the organization he leads, by appointing him an Officer of the National Order of Benin, Africare newsletter’s latest edition has confirmed.“It is a privilege to be recognized by President Yayi on behalf of Africare and its Beninese staff who implemented the program to ensure that children, the future of this great nation, are protected from malaria, the number one killer of children under five years old,” said Dr. Mans.The Africare Malaria Prevention StrategyWith financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and in collaboration with the Benin Ministry of Health (MOH) and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), Africare launched a pilot program in 2004 to train members of local women’s groups on how to control malaria in their communities.Beginning in two departments, Couffo and Mono, the Africare-trained women shared their knowledge with others on how to protect children under five years and pregnant women from malaria.By 2008, the incidence of malaria dropped 73 percent in the two departments despite a national increase of 65 percent over the same period. More importantly, malaria-related deaths of children under five dropped 84 percent, while the national average only decreased by 18 percent.Benin Picks Africare for nationwide initiativeDue to the program’s success, The Global Fund renewed its support and recommended the initiative be expanded to cover all of Benin. The Benin MOH and CCM again turned to Africare to lead the comprehensive malaria control program.The Africare led nationwide initiative, in addition to training women’s groups on malaria prevention and treatment, also coordinated the distribution of nearly eight million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets in an effort to reach universal coverage.Africare’s malaria prevention and treatment efforts also included additional benefits such as communities spending fewer financial resources on malaria medicines and an overall decrease in the number of days children missed school.One village elder reported: “Whatever Africare is doing is working because my village is getting crowded. Children are no longer dying as often as they used to.”Africare Approach May Defeat Ebola­“In light of the horrific Ebola outbreak that is devastating neighboring West African countries, the Africare approach of Africans empowering Africans with the knowledge and resources to defeat a deadly disease such as malaria may be applied to other health crises on the continent, including Ebola,” Dr. Mans asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Winbush leads Huskies, 40-20

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We went into halftime and made some adjustments,” South Hills coach Steve Bogan said. “We played a whole lot better in the second half against a hard-nosed football team.” The Raiders (4-2), trailing 19-13 in the fourth quarter, drove into Huskies’ territory behind the running of Rene Small and Mark Burgos. But South Hills ended the scoring threat, forcing a fumble and recovering it to halt Rowland. ROWLAND HEIGHTS — The South Hills High School football team defeated host Rowland High 40-20 Friday night in a San Antonio League opener that was much closer than the score indicated. The Huskies (4-2), after trailing 13-6 at halftime, scored 19 consecutive points en route to the victory. Running back Marquies Winbush came up big and rushed for four touchdowns to lead South Hills. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Huskies quickly took advantage of the turnover when Winbush scored on a 78-yard touchdown run on the ensuing play. The Raiders still had plenty of fight in them, however, as quarterback Phililip Chase connected with tight end John Gonzales on a 76-yard touchdown pass to pull Rowland within 25-20 late in the fourth quarter. Rowland then attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by South Hills’ Adrian Puente. The Huskies’ Kevin Mort than tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Mike Maldonado. Winbush followed with a 48-yard run to account for the final 40-20 score. “Our kids played great,” Rowland coach John Martin said. “We took them out of their game for three quarters, but they showed why they have been CIF champs two out of the last three years.” last_img read more