Daniela Ocampo

UNC Researchers: Vaccinations in World’s Poorest Countries Will Prevent 20 Million Deaths and Save $350 Billion by 2020

Researchers from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy released a study earlier this month showing that vaccination efforts in the world’s poorest countries since 2001 will have prevented 20 million deaths and saved $350 billion in health care by the year 2020. The vaccination efforts researched were made by Gavi, a global vaccine alliance that provides vaccinations to the world’s 73 poorest counties and has contributed to the immunization of 580 million children. Leader of the study and Associate Professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Sachiko Ozawa, says the main message of the research is that there are...

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Twenty Chapel Hill Public Housing Residents Take Home Free Desktop Computers

Twenty residents were met with applause at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Tuesday, presented with a certificate and congratulated by Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Council Member Michael Parker. Each student received a free desk top computer, a keyboard, mouse and router upon completing a computer skills training program for residents who live in public housing. The computers are a donation from the Town and the Kramden Institute, a Durham non-profit that donates technology tools and training to those who cannot afford it. Technology Instructor from Kramden, Bill Koeb, has been teaching the class for one and...

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Town of Hillsborough: Water Testing Kits Mailed Out are From Unaffiliated Private Company

The Town of Hillsborough released a statement stating that town water customers who have received water testing kits in the mail should be aware that the kits were sent from a private company that is unaffiliated with the town. According to the statement, the Hillsborough Water Treatment Plant routinely tests the town’s drinking water for more than 150 contaminants in compliance with federal and state laws. The statement also states that the town’s two lab-certified operators perform daily bacterial checks at the plant, plant employees conduct 24-hour monitoring and evaluation of the town’s water, 15 bacteriological samples from the...

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Chapel Hill Holds Public Hearing on Future Grocery Store Wegmans

The Town of Chapel Hill held a lengthy public hearing last Wednesday night regarding plans for a new grocery store coming to the area. The future site of the 130,000-square-foot Wegmans grocery store will be 15 acres and located between 15-501 and Old Durham Road – the current location of Performance AutoMall. The council opened the public hearing to receive comments and evidence regarding the Special Use Permit Application for the site and recessed the hearing to October 25. The public hearing discussion included making modifications to the Special Use Permit restrictions in order to better accommodate the grocery...

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Town of Chapel Hill Accepts Initial Purchase Offer for Rosemary Street Parking Lot

The Chapel Hill Town Council authorized at a meeting earlier this month the town manager to sell a parking lot located on 127 West Rosemary Street for $300,000. The buyer interested is Allen Fine of Investors Title who owns surrounding properties in the area. Town manager Roger Stancil presented the offer at the meeting and says Fine plans on expanding the parking lot. “As I understand, his plans would be to aquire our property, demolish the house and totally rebuild the parking lot from the corner where the parking exists now and make one big parking lot there,” said...

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UNC Awarded $4.8 Million to Research Energy Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

A $4.8 million grant was awarded to UNC by the National Science Foundation to help research ways to alleviate energy poverty in Southern Africa. The project is an NSF Partnership for International Research and Education, or PIRE, a program that promotes international collaboration among scientists to address complex, real-world problems. The five-year grant is titled “Confronting Energy Poverty: Building an Interdisciplinary Evidence Base, Network, and Capacity for Transformative Change.” The project is led by associate professor of UNC’s Public Policy department Pam Jagger. “Energy poverty is basically a situation where people are lacking access to modern and clean energy...

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UNC President Monitoring Review of Title IX College Campus Sexual Assault Guidelines

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced earlier this month in a speech that the Department of Education will review and possibly replace Obama-era guidance on college campus sexual assault cases. In the speech, given at George Mason University, DeVos calls a 2011 Obama Administration letter titled “Dear Colleague Letter” a “failed system” under Title IX but said that the previous administration had “helped elevate this issue in American public life.” Title IX requires schools that receive federal funds not to discriminate on the basis of sex. “The truth is that the system established by the prior administration has failed...

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Carrboro DACA Recipients May Receive Funds from the Town to Assist with DACA Fees

The Carrboro Board of Alderman unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday asking the town manager to identify funds and possibly funding partners to support El Centro Hispano in its work to assist Carrboro DACA recipients. Earlier this month, the administration of President Donald Trump announced plans to terminate DACA, a program implemented by former President Barack Obama that gave 800,000 young undocumented immigrants two-year renewable permits to stay and work in the country legally. The Department of Homeland Security is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA and DACA renewal requests are only being accepted until October 5 of...

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UNC President Margaret Spellings Signs Letter to Congress in Support of DACA Recipients

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced plans to terminate DACA, an Obama program that gave 800,000 young undocumented immigrants permits to stay in the US legally. UNC President Margaret Spellings, former Secretary of Education to George W. Bush, has come out in support of DACA recipients. “I joined with a bipartisan group of former secretaries of education to urge congress to act quickly. I do think there is uncertainty here with the six-month clock ticking,” said Spellings. The letter states that contributions from DACA recipients has already made the country stronger by, “sharpening their minds in school, accelerating...

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Chapel Hill Mayor Calls Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACA ‘Really Disheartening’

The United States Attorney General made the announcement last week that the Trump Administration plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program created by former President Barack Obama gives undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children permits to remain in the country legally to work or attend school. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger calls the announcement really disheartening and says she urges Americans to contact their elected officials, specifically North Carolina Republican Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, to voice their support of DACA and pieces of legislation aimed at helping those...

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