“The United States is wasting its money by continuing to fund Wada, which is obviously impotent to address Russia’s state-sponsored doping,” said Jim Walden. Russia’s anti-doping agency (Rusada) has been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-backed doping after it was accused of covering up drug abuse – including while the country hosted the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics – in a Wada-commissioned report. Last week, Wada’s compliance review committee recommended Rusada’s reinstatement after it received assurances from the Russian sports ministry, saying the country had “sufficiently acknowledged” failures. Rusada director general Yuri Ganus (left) with Wada president Sir Craig Reedie Lifting ban would be catastrophic – whistleblower UK Sport said it was “disappointed” by the lifting of the suspension and urged Wada to “fully and transparently” explain its reasons. The UK Anti-Doping Agency (Ukad) had joined with other leading national anti-doping organisations around the world to call for a postponement of the decision. “Wada has cast aside its responsibilities to clean athletes, sports fans and those who work tirelessly for clean sport,” said Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead. But the athletes’ commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it “agreed in principle” with the recommendation to end the suspension. Reedie said his organisation “very keenly” felt the need to ensure Russian sport is clean and would “maintain the highest levels of scrutiny on Rusada’s operations and independence”. Russia was ordered to meet set criteria before Rusada could be readmitted, which included accepting the findings of the McLaren Report into state-sponsored doping and granting access to Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory. Russia has repeatedly denied running a state-sponsored doping programme and continued to deny full access to and retained control of its Moscow laboratory.
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Tuberculosis, an ancient malady, is caused by a bacillus, called mycobacterium tuberculosis, and is spread when people who are sick expel bacteria into the air, usually by coughing. Effective treatments have existed since the 1940s, alleviating in some parts of the world what was once a death sentence. A new report from the World Health Organization shows that in 2016, the global success rate of treatment was 82 percent; the incidence rate is declining; and the share of people with TB who die from it is down to 16 percent, compared with 23 percent in 2000. Yet even with this progress, the alarming fact is that millions of infected people remain undetected and untreated. According to the WHO, there were some 10 million new cases of tuberculosis in 2017, but only about 6.4 million were reported to national authorities and the WHO. That means 3.6 million people may be overlooked. Although a portion may be due to data uncertainties, there can be no doubt that real people are falling through the cracks without quality treatment. These are often the most vulnerable populations: isolated by geography, severe poverty and social stigma. Of the 3.6 million gap, 10 countries make up most of the problem. The top three are India, Indonesia and Nigeria. An urgent and persistent problem is the rise of TB that does not respond to the two most powerful antibiotics for combating the disease.
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The old model relied on generating a high revenue per reader. Their new focus would forego revenue per reader in favor of acquiring more readers. In other words, a volume play. Early signs of success indicated the strategy was working. The Washington Post was quick to post profitability and a growing newsroom. Bezos’s approach in purchasing the Washington Post wasn’t exceptionally analytical, as he noted, “my decision-making process for something like this was definitely intuition and not analysis.” But intuition shouldn’t be misunderstood for ego. The popular white knight narrative can be a vanity trap. And the risk in continuing to advance this theory is that others with the cash but no operational expertise or interest may think they too can sweep in, throw money at a media property, and send it on its way. The issue persists as other media properties, like Fortune and Sports Illustrated, are still searching for a buyer. The last thing media companies need are “tech bros” purchasing their properties as trophies.
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