By Dialogo September 28, 2009 Following tests in 16,000 volunteers, a group of scientists from the United States and Thailand presented today in Bangkok a vaccine that reduces the risk of AIDS infection by 31.2 percent, marking the first time that it has been possible to slow the spread of the disease with measures of this kind. “These results show that development of a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine is possible,” emphasized Col. Nelson Michael, director of the Division of Retrovirology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program. These results are very encouraging, although more studies are needed, the military officer added in a press conference in Bangkok. The experimental vaccine was presented in the Thai capital by members of the group that collaborated on the research: the U.S. Army, the Thai Health Ministry, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Sanofi-Pasteur, and Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID, warned against getting carried away, but said that “I don’t think there’s any doubt that this is a very important result,” after twenty years without progress. The experimental vaccine is known as RV144 and mixes two genetic formulas that had not previously been effective in humans and that on this occasion protected 31.2 percent of the volunteers who were inoculated with the new combination. The study began in 2003, involved 16,402 volunteers – men and women between eighteen and thirty years old – and started by giving half the group the vaccine and the other half a placebo. Among those who received the placebo, seventy-four individuals became infected; among the others, only fifty-one. Dr. Fauci indicated that scientists normally consider a vaccine feasible when its level of effectiveness is above 70 percent, but in the case of AIDS, any protection is already progress. A more detailed report on the clinical trial will be presented at the AIDS Vaccine Conference to be held in Paris from 19 to 22 October.
Back by popular demand, CO-OP is launching another #ShadesUpforKids campaign to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the National Credit Union Foundation. Last year’s campaign raised $10,000!What is #ShadesUpforKids?CO-OP Chief Experience Officer Samantha Paxson doesn’t love plane travel, but has found it helps when the window shades are up. And, it turns out she is not alone. “Last year, I received a lot of messages from friends and colleagues empathizing with my feelings about flying with the window shade up, so I decided to see if I could spark a something fun around it – and raise some money in the process.”For every shade raised, selfied and tagged between now and THINK 20 (May 4-7, 2020), CO-OP will donate $10 to both Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the National Credit Union Foundation up to $10,000. The goal is to raise awareness about the power of credit unions helping people in their financial lives, whether that’s protecting families from a financial wipe out due to a child’s medical emergency or enhancing prosperity with ongoing financial wellness. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Police in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County have charged two men with gang rape resulting to the death of a 17- year old girl on January 23.Police have already transferred the case to the Buchanan City following the conclusion of their investigation. The court has meanwhile transferred the case to the Second Judiciary Circuit Court because it lacks jurisdiction over the matter.Already, the Grand Jury has indicted suspects Emmanuel Jackson and Alvin Sawyer, alias 2.According to the indictment, the defendants unlawfully and with criminal intent did commit crimes of gang rape and murder, the felony of the first degree against the victim, Ma-Ruth Jackson, 17, on January 23. This act, the court said, violates 4LLR, Title 26, Sections 14.70 (b) and 14.1 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.In the indictment, it was reported that on that fateful night, in Pearchuezohn Community in Lower Harlandsville Township, outside Buchanan City, the victim reportedly went in search of her older sister in an area called Secret Hills. Unfortunately, it was in that community where co-defendant Emmanuel Jackson (no relation to the victim) resides.During that night, the indictment indicated, co-defendants Jackson and Alvin Sayweh lured their victim to pass the night with them because it was late for her to go back home and the rain was about to fall; an offer she unwillingly accepted. It was reported that during the night hour, while the girl was fast at sleep, the two defendants reportedly jumped on her and covered her mouth to prevent her from yelling for help, while they sexually assaulted her throughout that night until they were satisfied.But before she died following the incident, she reportedly narrated her overnight ordeal at the hands of her the men who sexually abuse her throughout the night.Meanwhile, the defendants are currently being tried at the Second Judiciary Circuit Court, where the state is being represented by Grand Bassa County Attorney, Samuel K. Jacobs, while the defendants are represented by the County Public Defender, Cllr. Paul P. Jarvan, who is assisted by Cllr. D. Onesimus Banwon of the Blojay Law Chamber.The prosecution and the defense counsel are still producing their respective witnesses. The trial continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)