first_imgYoure Lawrence is one of the many reasons why seven-time champions Naggo Head Primary were so dominant at this year’s Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) National Primary Schools Athletic Championships, which ended on Saturday at the National Stadium. Naggo Head, which is located in Portmore, amassed a whopping 228 points, way ahead of their Portmore rivals Southborough (117), third-place Rousseau (103), St Richard’s (88 points) and Black River (84), which rounded out the top five. The grade-five student led from the front as he took the sprint double in fine style. He went into the 100m final under intense pressure as he faced Kensington Primary’s Dominique Brown, who is the record holder with 12.53 seconds, after lowering the old standard of 12.72 seconds, which was set by Roje Francis, running for St Francis Primary, in 2009. Lawrence went into the final with the second-fastest time, 12.71 seconds, which he did in the semi-finals. However, in the final, he flew out of the blocks like a man possessed, and with a sea of orange and green-clad athletes, parents and supporters cheering wildly, Lawrence stayed in front to deliver the win in 12.62 seconds. Dominique Brown took silver in 12.83, while Samuel Brown of Harbour View placed third in 13.18. Lawrence’s run in the 200m was also impressive. Having broken the record (25.32 seconds) in the semi-finals, he came off the curve with his signature long strides and by then it was all over by the shouting. He won in 26.08 seconds, with Spanish Town’s Milton Luckain second in 27.59 and third place going to George Headley’s Jevon Nelson, 27.61. DEDICATED to training “I have worked really hard for this all season and I wish to thank my parents, Judith Clarke and Everton Clarke, for their support and all the coaches, including Mr Floyd Coke,” said Lawrence. “He is dedicated to his training and it has paid off for him; and I love how he balanced his training with schoolwork. He is averaging over 90 percent in school and I think that’s great,” his stepfather, Everton Clarke, said. Mrs Clarke revealed that athleticism “runs in his blood”. “I was a former athlete at St Annes High and his brother was also an athlete. Youre is not only a good athlete, he is a team player and a sportsman. When his main competitor, Kensington Primary’s Dominique (Brown), went out injured in the 200m final, he went to him to find out if he was okay,” she said. Lawrence, who plans to be a professional athlete in the near future, is inspired by Kingston College’s ace sprinter, Jhevaughn Matherson, and Racers Track Club and Jamaica’s World 100m gold medallist, Yohan Blake.last_img read more

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Brazil’s dengue vaccine in jeopardy Email Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) By Herton EscobarFeb. 28, 2017 , 12:15 PMcenter_img SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—A promising dengue vaccine faces an uncertain future in Brazil, scientists say, after the dismissal of a prominent immunologist who has been overseeing clinical trials of the preparation here.  Last week, the São Paulo state government removed Jorge Kalil as director of the Butantan Institute, following accusations of administrative wrongdoing leveled against him by a former colleague. Announcing Kalil’s dismissal on 21 February, Governor Geraldo Alckmin praised him as a “great scientist” and said he wished he would continue to lead Butantan’s dengue vaccine program. Kalil told ScienceInsider he will decline that invitation. He denies the accusations against him and says it’s impossible to continue leading the vaccine program from outside the institute. “This is not an isolated project; it’s something that requires a coordinated effort by the entire institution,” he says. “I can’t accept something like this.”Scientists here and abroad have protested Kalil’s dismissal. Butantan researchers and staff staged protests last week, and the institute’s influenza vaccine factory shut down for a half day on Friday, demanding his return. In a 23 February letter to Governor Alckmin, Anna Durbin of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, who led the initial clinical trials of the vaccine, wrote that the dengue vaccine program made “tremendous progress” under Kalil, and that this momentum may be “reversed by the removal of his leadership of the Butantan Institute.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country CAMILLA CARVALHO/INSTITUTO BUTANTAN The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) developed the early version of the TV003 vaccine—designed to protect against all four serotypes of the dengue virus—and sponsored the initial clinical trials, which were completed in 2012. NIAID then licensed the preparation to the Butantan Institute, a state-owned biomedical research and vaccine production facility here, to further develop the vaccine and conduct clinical trials in Brazil, where dengue fever is an endemic threat. The Butantan-produced vaccine is now being tested at 14 institutions across the country, in a $100 million, phase III randomized trial sponsored by Brazil’s federal government.Stephen Whitehead, a senior associate scientist at NIAID who led development of the vaccine’s attenuated viruses, also wrote to Alckmin, arguing that Kalil’s leadership skills were “essential” to the program’s continuation and that his removal from Butantan could have “dire public health consequences for the State of São Paulo and Brazil.” “His ability to solicit support for sound scientific endeavors, develop the framework for their realization, and reach out for international partners is indispensable for the success and credibility of the institute,” Whitehead wrote.Brazilian scientific organizations have also lobbied on Kalil’s behalf. In a public letter to Alckmin released on 22 February, the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science and the Brazilian and São Paulo academies of sciences ask that “apparent political conflicts of interest involved in this crisis do not interrupt projects that are so relevant to Brazil and the world”.In statements to the press, the São Paulo State Health Secretariat stated that Kalil was fired because of “grave administrative problems” detected at the institute during this tenure—he has been director since 2011—and for not respecting hierarchy.Kalil believes his removal resulted from personal and political motivations. He says he will refocus now on his other appointments at the University of São Paulo’s Medical School and Heart Institute, where he is a senior professor of immunology.Alckmin has appointed Dimas Tadeu Covas, a professor of hematology at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School, as Butantan’s new director. “I do hope the person selected to lead the dengue vaccine program understands the immense effort it takes to see a vaccine through,” Durbin wrote in an email to ScienceInsider.*Update, 3 March, 2:39 p.m.: In a 2 March statement, the Health Secretariat of the São Paulo state government declared that “the development of the tetravalent dengue vaccine and other research projects of the [Butantan] Institute will not be affected by the exit of professor Jorge Kalil.” It further stated that “Butantan will remain strong as an international center of excellence in science, culture and public health.last_img read more