NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 22: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field during warm ups before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Edgerrin Cooper, the No. 34 linebacker in the 2020 recruiting class, has officially announced his commitment.Cooper finished his senior season of high school football with 85 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. His production at Covington High School earned him 21 offers during his recruitment process, but decided that the right choice resides in the Big 12.The three-star linebacker announced on social media that he’ll be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners.“I’m thankful for my family for helping me through this long adventure. I would be lying if I said this recruitment process wasn’t stressful,” Cooper said in his statement on Twitter. “With that being said, I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Oklahoma University!”Here is the announcement from Cooper: Please Respect My Decision!! @TFB_Sooners pic.twitter.com/nGM2eP0uQH— Edgerrin Cooper (@edgerrincooper1) June 21, 2019Lincoln Riley now has a total of 12 commits for his 2020 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 10 according to 247Sports. More importantly, the Sooners have the No. 1 class in the Big 12 by a wide margin.Oklahoma is putting together an outstanding week of recruiting for its 2020 and 2021 classes. On Thursday, the program landed a commitment from five-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff.The Sooners are definitely built to compete for a championship right now, and yet, the future may look even brighter for them.
25 April 2011Efforts to combat malaria in Africa are bearing fruit with 11 countries where the disease is endemic reporting a 50 per cent decline in mortality as a result of a global initiative to combat the disease, United Nations envoy Ray Chambers said today, calling for sustained efforts to eradicate deaths from the illness. “Our goal is to reach close to zero deaths from malaria by 2015,” said Mr. Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria. “There is much work to be done – many hurdles – but we are optimistic that we can achieve that goal,” he told reporters at UN Headquarters on World Malaria Day.Malaria, which is caused by a parasite transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes, kills nearly 800,000 people around the world every year with most of the deaths occurring in Africa.Mr. Chambers said the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar reported no deaths from malaria when he visited there last year.“The Secretary-General’s malaria goals have galvanized funding and implementing partners, together with African leaders and others at the forefront of the effort, and the results of this partnership are translating directly into lives saved in historic proportions,” Mr. Ray said in a separate joint statement issued by his office and the Roll Back Malaria partnership.The partnership, which includes Mr. Chambers’ office, has championed an effort to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to all people who live in malaria-endemic countries, as well as making effective treatments available. He said close to $5 billion has been invested in the anti-malaria initiative in sub-Saharan Africa over the recent past and the returns have been “immense.”According to the joint statement, more than 300 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in Africa, and 75 million people are benefiting from indoor residual spraying. Access to diagnostic testing and effective treatments have saved nearly 750,000 lives over the past decade.“On World Malaria Day this year, there is much to celebrate,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement. “Since 2008, more than 600 million Africans have been spared terrible suffering,” he said.“Yet an estimated 781,000 people a year, most of them young children, still die from this preventable and treatable disease. To reach our goal of near zero deaths from malaria by 2015, we need an extraordinary intensification of our actions,” Mr. Ban added.His sentiment was echoed by representatives from the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the United States’ President’s Malaria Initiative – the three largest donors to the effort – and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Roll Back Malaria partnership.They said that investing in malaria is not only an entry point for strengthening primary health care systems at the facility and community level, but is also on the critical pathway to achieving all of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Speaking at a reception at UN Headquarters to a launch photo exhibition entitled “Champions to End Malaria,” the Secretary-General thanked all partners in the anti-malaria campaign, saying their efforts had proved that success can be achieved with smart policies, targeted interventions, resources, and commitment.“We have our roadmap. I will continue to look to all of you for leadership, funding, and innovation. I look forward to continuing our work together to finally eliminate a disease that has needlessly taken so many lives,” said Mr. Ban.Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria partnership stressed that the impact of the anti-malaria initiative is visible, giving the example of her own country, Senegal, where she once worked as a doctor and where the disease used to be the first cause of consultation, hospitalisation and death. “When I go back today to the same country, what I see in hospitals is that often you have some beds empty […] It is amazing change.”“But we need to know that all these gains are very fragile and we need to maintain the work we are doing, we need to maintain and push for more leadership and ownership by countries,” she told the news conference.United States singer-actress Mandy Moore spoke of a “gratifying trip” to the Central African Republic where she felt honoured to present a bed net to a mother who had lost two children to malaria and was excited that the net would prevent the rest of her family from the mosquito bites that spread the disease.Deputy UN Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro praised the contributions of the private sector to the anti-malaria effort.“You are engaged and committed to relieving the untenable burden that this disease places on millions of people, particularly on the African continent, because of your sense of global citizenship,” Ms. Migiro told a breakfast meeting organised by the Roll Back Malaria initiative for its corporate partners. “In doing so, you will help avert the tremendous loss of productivity that is among malaria’s terrible tolls,” she added.According to UNICEF, fighting malaria not only saves children’s lives, but also yields many other health and economic benefits, including easing the burden on health centres and improving the lives of pregnant mothers and their babies. Controlling malaria can also reduce deaths due to malnutrition.“We cannot leave some children exposed to malaria and other children safe,” said Anthony Lake, the UNICEF Executive Director. “Whether it is insecticide-treated nets, proper diagnosis, or effective treatment, the challenge is to provide protection and care to every single child who is at risk,” he added.
Home Capital repays $2B line of credit from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 3:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG), the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender that was on the verge of collapse earlier this year, says it has repaid a $2-billion line of credit from Berkshire Hathaway.The company was given the financial lifeline last month by Berkshire Hathaway, which is headed by Warren Buffett, as it was trying to regain investor confidence following a run on deposits from customers.When it provided the line of credit, Berkshire Hathaway also bought a $400 million stake in Home Capital.Home Capital says proceeds from asset sales helped it repay the line of credit, bringing down the amount of interest expenses it faces as it continues to strengthen its liquidity position.The lender, which provides mortgages to borrowers who don’t qualify for a loan from the big banks, faced allegations earlier this year from Ontario’s securities regulator that it misled investors in its handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications.It has since settled that case and a separate class-action lawsuit filed by investors.