Magazine cover printed with HIV blood?

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgA magazine called Vangardist is seeking to draw attention to HIV and AIDS with a provocative cover printed with ink containing HIV-positive blood.The special edition of the magazine features stories of “HIV heroes” at a time when the editors say too many people have grown complacent about the disease.“There’s been an 80 percent increase in HIV in the last 10 years — that’s according to the World Health Organization — and that’s pretty shocking,” said Jason Romeyko, executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland, who helped create the cover. “The reason why that’s happening is people just aren’t talking about it anymore.”Romeyko told CBS News he hopes the magazine will “reignite these conversations” — and its stark cover certainly has people talking already.Made with donated bloodVangardist, which describes itself as a progressive men’s magazine, is based in Vienna and publishes in English and German. It claims a readership of 100,000 a month, mostly online. Just 3,000 copies of this special HIV+ edition were printed.To create it, three people living with HIV donated blood. Romeyko described them as “incredible individuals” with diverse backgrounds, and they tell their stories in the magazine. One is a 26-year-old gay man from Berlin who calls himself “one of the most normal guys on the planet.”One is a heterosexual man who wished to remain anonymous as he continues to struggle with his recent diagnosis. And one is a 45-year-old woman, a mother, who got infected 20 years ago by her then-husband who didn’t tell her he had HIV.‘100 percent safe’ to touchThough the idea of touching traces of HIV-positive blood may spark a visceral reaction of fear or revulsion, the magazine assures readers that the cover itself is “100 percent safe” to handle.“Scientifically, the virus dies naturally outside the body. It takes about 30 minutes for it to decompose,” Romeyko said. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms HIV cannot survive outside its host for long.The three donors’ blood samples were taken to a lab at Austria’s University of Innsbruck, where they were pasteurized, a heat process that assures the virus is neutralized and incapable of transmission.From there, the blood was mixed into an ink solution for use in the printing press. But the magazine ran into some trouble finding a printer willing to do the job. It finally turned to a small print shop that had produced its very first issue, and the owner agreed to do it himself, not wanting to make his employees take part.Everything about the cover is imbued with meaning, Romeyko explained. “We wanted people to actually hold the magazine and just make the comparison — there’s nothing wrong with holding someone who’s HIV positive.”For those who are still squeamish, the magazine comes sealed in a clear plastic pouch. “Break the seal and help break the stigma,” it says on the label.“We decided to give people a choice,” Romeyko said, encouraging them to take an active role in confronting the issue.But he realizes not everyone is ready for the hands-on experience: “I showed it to a client and she was too scared to pick it up.”He also admits that some AIDS activist groups and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) the magazine consulted weren’t thrilled with the idea and seemed concerned that the magazine might set off a panic or backlash against people with HIV.It’s a little too early to judge the public reaction, since the issue doesn’t hit newsstands until next week. But subscribers have received their copies and Romeyko says the issue if already achieving its goal: “It’s generating conversation — conversations that need to be had.”With HIV/AIDS still the sixth-leading cause of death worldwide, claiming 1.5 million lives each year, according to the WHO, the editors felt it shouldn’t be treated as “old news” or relegated to just the occasional “awareness day” in the press.In the opening pages of the magazine, Vangardist’s publisher and CEO, Julian Wiehl, writes, “If you’re holding the ‘infected’ print edition in your hands right now, you’ll get into contact with HIV like never before…It will make you reflect on HIV and you will think differently afterward. Because now the issue is in your hands.”Once you flip past the provocative cover, there are articles spotlighting “HIV heroes” fighting the stigma of the disease, along with a few avant-garde fashion and pop culture features.The magazine will be available online for free, although the editors are asking readers to make a donation to an HIV foundation. A number of copies of the HIV+ special edition will be auctioned for charity, and another 15,000 copies will be available printed in regular ink.Those behind it are pleased with their work. “I think the cause is right and we’ve treated this very sensitively,” Romeyko said. “It makes you think. It’s very provocative, in a good way.”This story originally appeared on Magazine prints provocative cover with HIV+ blood-infused inklast_img read more

Dayton assistant Griffin prepares to face alma mater SU in NCAA Tournament

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — After a stint at Virginia Tech, Adrian Autry was all ready to head to Dayton, Ohio, to become an assistant coach for the Flyers.But the pieces started to fall in place for him to make his way back to Syracuse. Rob Murphy left the Orange to become the head coach at Eastern Michigan, so Autry had the chance to return to his alma mater.That meant UD needed someone new, and it took a look at someone with a similar pedigree.Allen Griffin had been an assistant coach St. Francis (N.Y.), but Dayton, in the position his good friend opted not to take, was his new destination.“That was somewhere where I wanted to go,” Autry said. “Archie Miller’s a great coach and I believed in what he was talking about.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGriffin saw the same thing and is now in his third year as an assistant coach for the Flyers. For the first time since joining UD, he will meet his alma mater Saturday at First Niagara Center in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Griffin was a guard for SU from 1997-2001 where he started 68 total games and averaged 10.8 points per game as a senior, and has remained close with Autry and longtime assistant Mike Hopkins over the years.“I know someplace on him he’s got something orange,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It’s not going to be in view, but his heart will be for sure.”When Autry’s SU career ended and he began playing overseas, Griffin was still playing for the Orangemen. During the summers, Autry would come back to the United States and work out with Griffin or play in tournaments together.“He’s like a little brother to me,” Autry said.When they both got into the coaching field, though, little brother helped big brother. Griffin began coaching before Autry, so Autry leaned on him for advice — advice he gleaned from Hopkins.“Probably the mentor for me,” Griffin said of Hopkins. “Whenever I run into a jam or a situation, I make sure that I call him and get his advice first and foremost.”His relationship with Hopkins began during Griffin’s freshman season. Griffin struggled as a reserve guard to start his career, but worked with Hopkins and developed into a starter by his sophomore season.So when Griffin decided he wanted to go into coaching, Hopkins was an obvious example to look up to. And he proved to Hopkins during his career that he had what it takes to be successful in the coaching business.“He was a guy who had great ability, but he wasn’t one of those guys that just depended on that ability,” Hopkins said. “He built everything he did on hard work and that’s what I respect so much about him.”Griffin talks to Hopkins on occasion — Hopkins said they spoke about a month ago —and Autry nearly every day.“I kind of leave coach Boeheim alone during the season,” Griffin said. “He can be a little bit cranky, so I’ll send Juli (Boeheim) some text messages throughout the year, especially on holidays, and just say hello.”This weekend, though, they haven’t crossed paths much. Autry saw Griffin scouting the Orange’s game Thursday and “told him to go home.”When Saturday’s game ends, no matter the result, Griffin will walk over to SU’s sideline and at least try to give Boeheim a hug. Griffin said he likes to see the Orange do well, but he won’t be thinking about that in the Round of 32.Said Griffin: “Right now, I bleed red and blue.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau follow in Doha to close Xavi

May 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBarça has bet strongly on Xavi because, if he gets a no, he will have left Valverde in a very delicate position. League champion the first two years he has trained Barça, and with the possibility of being with Guardiola the only coach who wins the League in his first three years as a Barca coach, the club has decided to do without him. And if it can be now, the better. A surprising decision, marked only by specific moments and not by the regularity that recalls other times of football in which the media pressure resembled the pressure that is lived today in social networks.In 1992, Ramón Mendoza dismissed Radomir Antic from Madrid after being a winter champion. Antic Madrid was accused of not playing well. Since then, there has been no case in which a winter champion of a League with the pressure of the Spanish is dismissed after being a winter champion. But that’s the way things are at Barça. Eric Abidal, sports director of Barcelona, ​​and Oscar Grau, CEO of the Barca club, continue in Doha to try to close the signing of Xavi, which has an offer of two and a half seasons to become the coach of his life team , the Barca. This was confirmed by the RAC-1 station in information that consolidates all the inputs received in the last 48 hours.Barça already loves Xavi and for that he continues in Qatar. He will try to obtain the yes of the player and then, negotiate with Al Sadd the termination of the player. Al Sadd plays this afternoon match against Al Rayyanlast_img read more