The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that the U.S. Government will commit $1 billion to The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, in the 2015-2018 fiscal years to help vaccinate 300 million children worldwide.A statement from USAID indicates that the amount announced is subject to congressional approval.It further states that the U.S. contribution will support Gavi’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children and save at least 5 million lives by 2020.If approved by the U.S. Congress, the US$1 billion will benefit Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa where Polio, whopping cough, diphtheria and tetanus have been affecting children with Ebola now taking center stage.“Providing a new and underutilized vaccine to the world’s poorest countries is a key driver in ending preventable child deaths by 2035,” the statement notes.Accordingly, USAID will be working closely with host country governments, Ministries of Health and Finance, and in-country and global Alliance partners, and will bring its financial, technical, and diplomatic efforts together to support country immunization programs to reach all children with critical, safe vaccines.”GAVI represents a groundbreaking effort that has unified a global community of partners — from rural clinics to multinational corporations — in the fight to end the tragedy of preventable child death,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “In doing so, we are strengthening our own national security, economic prosperity, and moral leadership.”For the third year in a row in his State of the Union address, President Obama embraced the vision of eradicating extreme poverty. USAID’s support for vaccines and immunization is foundational to these efforts.In June 2012, the world came together for the Child Survival Call to Action: A Promise Renewed, to craft a global goal to end preventable child deaths by 2035 and pioneer new approaches to accelerate progress towards child and maternal survival. In the last two years alone, 24 priority countries – of which 16 are in Africa – have achieved an eight percent reduction in under-five mortality, saving 500,000 lives. Many of these lives were saved by simple, low-cost, high-impact health interventions like vaccines. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was created in 2000, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.Since then, GAVI has helped immunize nearly 500 million children; saving 7 million lives, driven down the costs of life-saving vaccinations, and has helped the poorest countries expand their vaccination programs, the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
HARBOR GATEWAY: Detectives make arrests, think construction-site thieves are involved. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Unaware that a load of stolen power tools contained a hidden satellite tracking system, two burglary suspects were arrested Monday as they unloaded the loot from a van in Harbor Gateway. Police tracked the men to A AAA Mini Storage at 1427 W. 228th St., where investigators recovered more than $60,000 worth of generators, jackhammers, nail guns and other tools, Los Angeles police Detective Lou Koven said. Later, detectives impounded a second van found parked at 77th Street and Central Avenue in Los Angeles. Koven said he believed it contained another $60,000 in stolen property. The arrests in Harbor Gateway surprised the burglars, who had no idea police were following them. Officers moved in as the men tried to unload the equipment into units at the storage facility. Koven said the van contained tools taken over the weekend from lockers at a construction site at 2250 E. 220th St. in Carson and another in Woodland Hills. The victims included the contractor and seven or eight subcontractors, including plumbing, air conditioning, elevator, drywall, window and door companies. Guy Yocom Construction employees discovered the crimes when they arrived for work Monday morning. They informed police that the equipment was fitted with a global positioning system tracking device. Detectives from the LAPD’s Commercial Crimes unit tracked the signal to 50th Street and Normandie Avenue, found the van and put it under surveillance, Koven said. They followed the van to the storage facility off Normandie and moved in. In addition to recovering the stolen tools inside the van, detectives discovered stolen property stored at the facility, including concrete vibrators, pumps, tampers, blowers, saws and other expensive tools. Mike Padilla, an employee of the Fontana-based contractor, said thieves strike at his company’s metal lockers at sites about four or five times a year. The thefts are a major problem for contractors throughout Southern California, driving up costs for their customers and their own insurance rates. “We probably get hit, I would say, at least once a month to some degree,” said Dave Wesser, purchasing agent for Daniel’s Electrical Construction Co. in Fontana. Burglars often take drill motors and copper wire, breaking into lockers with cordless saws or cutting torches, he said. The crimes cost the company about $20,000 a year, pushing up prices. A school remodeling job that would cost $50,000 ends up costing the customer about $55,000, he said. Koven said the stolen equipment is sold to unscrupulous contractors who are able to compete for customers by offering lower bids because their costs are less. Wesser, whose company might be among those victimized by the men arrested Monday, said he believes some of the property is sold cheaply in Mexico. He said he had never before received a telephone call saying anything stolen had been recovered. To guard against the crimes, Daniel’s Electrical workers do their best not to leave the tools at sites overnight. “We try to take home whatever the guys can take home in their company vehicles,” he said. Koven credited the Norco-based Guy Yocom firm with adding the tracking device to its equipment. The second van also included equipment containing a GPS device, allowing police to watch it all day. Koven suggested companies mark their tools with their company logos. “When we find it, I know right away who it belongs to,” Koven said. The burglary suspects were undergoing booking Monday afternoon. They were held on suspicion of receiving stolen property. In the days to come, detectives will work to identify victims of the property thefts. Koven said many victims often don’t report the crimes. People who believe they are victims of construction-site theft are urged to contact Los Angeles detectives at 213-485-2507. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
2 LU BEAUTY diamond geezer Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? World Cup latest on talkSPORT.com Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings The France international has been linked with potential moves to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.PSG are reportedly to be willing to spend £90million to land the two-time Premier League champion, while new Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui is said to be a fan of the 27-year-old.Latest reports over the weekend claimed the midfielder’s representatives are already in talks over a move to PSG, with Kante said to be keen on the switch.But the Chelsea star has dismissed the reports, for now, insisting he is currently focused on France duty at the World Cup. A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Fallon d’Floor SUPERSTITION ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Kante was one of the few France players to impress in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Australia Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Good times NO JOY Kante has dismissed talk over his Chelsea future… for now 2 Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Speaking at a France press conference on Sunday, Kante said of the transfer gossip: “I am not concerned with all that.“Today, I am at Chelsea, and today I am currently living and playing in the World Cup, that is what comes first.“I am not paying attention to what is being said on the club side of things at the moment.”Kante was one of the few players who impressed as France beat Australia 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Saturday. Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante insists he is ‘not paying attention’ the ongoing speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge. misery You’re the one Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup