To blunt anthrax attack, mail carriers to get antibiotics

first_imgOct 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday announced a plan to supply mail carriers with antibiotics so they will be protected and prepared to deliver the drugs to others in case of an anthrax attack.The program will start with a $500,000 pilot project involving carriers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which were chosen because of their extensive bioterrorism preparations, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.”In an anthrax attack, time is of the essence,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a news release. “By providing advance protection to letter carriers who volunteer to deliver antibiotics in an affected community, we can gain the benefits of the unique capabilities of the Postal Service to get much needed medicine to those who need it quickly.”Inhalational anthrax is usually fatal unless the patient is treated with antibiotics early. In 2001, five people died and 17 others got sick after envelopes containing anthrax spores were sent to several media offices and two US senators.In recent years, HHS and the Postal Service ran exercises in which mail carriers in Seattle, Philadelphia, and Boston delivered empty pill bottles and explanatory fliers to residents. Carriers paired up with police officers to distribute the items, the AP reported. William Raub, Leavitt’s senior science adviser, said that 50 carriers reached about 53,000 Philadelphia households in 8 hours, according to the story.The tests were part of the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), a federally funded effort to equip 72 major cities with the ability to deliver antibiotics to their entire populations within 48 hours, in the name of bioterrorism preparedness.According to the AP, the Postal Service and its unions told the government that carriers who volunteered to deliver antibiotics in an anthrax emergency would need assurances that they and their families would be protected. That led to the idea of giving carriers a supply of doxycycline to keep at home for themselves and their families. In an emergency, they could start taking the drug while the government brought in supplies that the carriers would deliver to residents.In Minneapolis and St. Paul, about 700 carriers who deliver to homes in 20 ZIP codes are eligible for the pilot project, the AP reported. Medical teams will screen volunteers to make sure it would be safe for them to take doxycycline. The carriers also will have to be sufficiently fit to wear masks to protect them against anthrax while walking their routes, the story said.Volunteers will receive extensive education and will be instructed not to use their doxycycline for any reason other than an anthrax emergency, according to the AP.If the Minnesota pilot project works well, the program could be offered to other cities starting next year, the story said.Leavitt and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff took steps yesterday to clear the way for mail carriers to legally receive the antibiotics, according to the HHS release. The two officials made an emergency declaration, which permits the Food and Drug Administration to consider issuing an Emergency Use Authorization, required under federal law for distribution of the drugs.In a related action, Leavitt issued a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act that provides liability protection for activities related to the use of measures to prepare for and respond to an anthrax attack, HHS announced. The protection covers activities ranging from development and manufacture of countermeasures to administering and using them.In other related news, Emergent BioSolutions Inc. announced yesterday it had signed a contract to deliver another 14.5 million doses of BioThrax, the only US-licensed anthrax vaccine, to HHS for the Strategic National Stockpile. The total value of the contract will be between $364 million and $404 million, depending on whether the company can supply vaccine with a 4-year shelf life.The company, based in Rockville, Md., is scheduled to start delivering the vaccine in the third quarter of 2009 and to finish 2 years later, according to a news release. The firm has been supplying BioThrax to the government under a $448 million contract for 18.75 million doses, with deliveries expected to continue until shipments under the new contract start.See also: Oct 1 HHS news release 1 Emergent BioSolutions news release read more

The Social Council for Tourism proposed measures to improve employment in tourism

first_imgThe Social Council for Tourism sent a letter to the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, presenting a proposal for measures to improve working and employment conditions in the tourism sector and requesting a joint meeting on the issue of tourism staff. Finally, the letter to the mentioned ministries proposes more lobbying during Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the EU, through new budgeting of EU funds, with the aim of opening greater opportunities for projects in tourism. In this regard, improvements and simplifications are proposed measures Permanent seasonal, in such a way that the compensation for the time when the permanent seasonal worker is not working is support outside the measures to encourage employment or co-financing of the salary (contributions to and from the salary) during the time when the permanent seasonal worker is not working.Also, for employment on indefinitely (regardless of age) it is proposed to introduce incentives in the form of exemption from paying contributions from and to the salary for a period of three years. In order to improve working and employment conditions in the tourism sector, it is proposed to regulate the control of extended branch collective agreements, because the basic goal of the social partners is to introduce order and apply equal minimum rights and obligations for all workers and employers. Effective control is necessary in order to achieve the basic goals of the expanded application of collective agreements, which are: reduction of unfair competition, gray economy and payment of wages “on hand” stand out from the Social Council. Photo: Employment opportunities for workers should be increased through the institute of additional work (from 8 to 16 hours per week with consideration of the obligation to give consent to the employer), in catering and tourism, namely, according to the Social Council, large jumps in business activities, both seasonal and on a weekly and daily organization of working hours. Therefore, it is possible to apply the redistribution in the maximum duration and a shortened daily rest of 8 hours. “The proposals of these two measures are explained by the fact that the stability of employment is a prerequisite for the regulation of housing, family community and living standards in general so that workers have an interest in working and staying in a particular community. It is especially important for tourism to keep the local population in tourist places and ensure the authenticity of the offer and long-term quality of tourist services. If the local population has quality working and living conditions for tourists, that destination will be pleasant and attractive, thus ensuring the long-term development of tourism. ” emphasize from the Social Council in its statement. The assessment of the Social Council, which consists of representatives of trade unions (STUH and SIKD) and employers, is that the issue of availability of the necessary labor force is a priority for further and long-term sustainable development of tourism. They also believe that providing the best possible conditions for employment and work with the aim of greater safety and satisfaction of workers in the tourism sector is in the common interest of all social partners. Therefore, the Social Council for Tourism proposes to the ministries to introduce additional incentives for year-round employment as a demographic measure of stable labor relations for the local population and retention of young people in the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more

COVID-19 task force to trace contacts of dead ‘ojek’ driver after mugging

first_img“We are still looking for people who came to the location. After we find them, we will conduct rapid tests on them because the deceased reportedly tested positive,” Irvan said, as quoted by died on June 4 after an unidentified group of people attempted to mug him on Jl. Darmo Harapan Sukomanunggal in Surabaya, East Java. Medical workers later found that he was positive for COVID-19 and planned to bury him according to COVID-19 protocol.However, the plan was opposed by his family and hundreds of fellow ojek drivers, who forcibly retrieved his body from Dr. Soetomo Hospital in the city. They demanded that the hospital bury him normally.East Java has become the country’s COVID-19 epicenter. Health authorities have recorded 7,103 confirmed cases, with 297 new cases reported on Thursday afternoon. There have been 553 fatalities linked to the disease and 1,793 recoveries. (dpk)Topics : The Surabaya COVID-19 task force in East Java will trace the contacts of DAW, a 39-year-old app-based motorcycle taxi (ojek) driver, who died in an accident following an attempted mugging.Surabaya COVID-19 task force deputy chief Irvan Widiyanto said the team had been testing DAW’s family members and the drivers who came to the funeral to determine if they had caught the illness.last_img read more

Nathan James Schwegman

first_imgNathan J. Schwegman, age 34 of Batesville (Happy Valley), Indiana passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.  Born August 24, 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio he is the son of Terry and Bev (nee: Brunemann) Schwegman.He is a graduate of Batesville High School (Southeastern Career Center) and attended Cincinnati State Technical College.  He worked as a welder and in construction, both trades closest to his heart.  Nathan’s passion was woodworking, doing tattoos, fishing and spending time with his two children, Aidan and Genevie.Nathan is survived by his parents, Terry and Bev, son, Aidan Nathaniel, daughter, Genevie Rose, two brothers, Shawn and Ryan Schwegman, along with his nephew, Kieran Schwegman and  niece, Kelsey Schwegman.Visitation will be Monday, October 23rd from 9-12 followed by a 12:00PM Celebration of Life all at St. Mary of the Rock Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   Fr. Robert Obermeyer officiating.Donations in his memory, may be given to the Schwegman Children Memorial Fund through Mainsource Bank.  The family will be making a donation to The Salvation Army Harbor Light Rehab Center in Indianapolis in support of drug addiction recovery.    Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

D’Tigers get new head coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade D’Tigers star distributes COVID-19 relief materials D’Tigers’ captain hints at retirement The Nigerian Basketball Federation has appointed Mike Brown as the new head coach of the men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers. Prior to his appointment, the 49-year-old coach was the associate head coach of the NBA team, Golden State Warriors. Brown expressed his delight joining the Nigerian team. He said: “I am honoured and humbled that Musa Kida and the Nigerian Basketball Federation have given me this opportunity. “The Nigerian Basketball Federation has been very professional and organised throughout the vetting process. “They want to continue to build a world-team and organisation on and off the court.” Brown will replace Coach Alex Nwora who was appointed as head in 2017 and in charge of the team during the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket, World Cup African qualifiers, and 2019 FIBA World Cup. Nwora will support Brown as an assistant. Brown’s immediate responsibility will be to put a team together and get them ready ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, which begins on July 24 in Tokyo, Japan. He said: “I have learned that the vision is to provide the team with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level. “Their commitment will enable players and coaches to focus their energy on competing at the highest possible level every time we step on the basketball court.” Brown’s record includes leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the franchise’s first NBA Finals in 2007 and winning the NBA Coach of the Year in 2009. “He was the head coach of the Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010, and also during the 2013-14 season. He coached the Lakers in 2011-12, and led the Golden State Warriors to a 11-0 record while Steve Kerr was away due to his back surgery during the 2016-17 playoffs. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be the team’s third consecutive appearance. In the two appearances so far – London 2012 and Rio 2016 – the team only won one game each and failed to advance from the group stage. Brown’s goal will be to improve on that performance.Tags: Alex NworaD’TigersGolden State WarriorsMike BrownMusa KidaNigeria Basketball Federationlast_img read more

Hammers rule out new Pogatetz deal

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed the club will not be extending on-loan defender Emanuel Pogatetz’s stay at the club. Press Association Austria international Pogatetz joined from German side Wolfsburg during January’s transfer window on a loan deal until the end of the season. Pogatetz has made only a handful of appearances with the Hammers though, mainly as a substitute, and Allardyce has decided he will not be looking to retain the 30-year-old. Allardyce said ahead of West Ham’s final Barclays Premier League match at home to Reading on Sunday, according to the London club’s Twitter account: “We’ve already said to Pogatetz thanks very much, he’s been a fantastic professional but it won’t be extended, and we’ll decide on the others after the game.” last_img read more

New Sunderland deal for Wickham

first_img Press Association Wickham, who signed from Ipswich for £8.1million in 2011, has found the net three times in the current campaign, twice in the league. Having tied the 21-year-old down until 2019, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said: “I’m delighted that Connor has committed his future to us for the next few years. After his contribution at the end of last year, he has continued to improve his football and become an important part of our team. “He keeps learning, he is able to adapt to different positions up front and he is enjoying our philosophy of play so I’m really looking forward to keep working with him for the benefit of our club. “I think it was very important to tie down a young English centre forward as there are not many around; this shows clearly the way this football club wants to progress.” Prior to Wickham’s rich vein of form at the tail end of last season he had largely failed to live up to his teenage promise at the Stadium of Light and had previously been sent on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds. The England Under-21 international, whose five goals in three games in April played a major part in keeping the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League, was due to be out of contract in the summer. Had new terms not been agreed he would have been able to sign a pre-contract overseas in January, while closer to home the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace have reportedly shown interest. center_img Striker Connor Wickham has signed a new four-year deal with Sunderland.last_img read more

New Zealand hold slim edge

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – India began the second day needing a big effort just to stay alive in the Christchurch Test, but so big was their bowling effort they ended up with a first-innings lead of seven runs.However, another lower-order rally by New Zealand followed by yet another varied and special bowling performance brought them right back into the contest.After a 16-wicket day, India were 97 ahead with four wickets in hand.One of the six wickets lost was nightwatchman Umesh Yadav.There was a bit of everything to enjoy for bowling enthusiasts: Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah looked unplayable for three hours with their seam and swing, Trent Boult swung the ball, Tim Southee used the surprise bouncer, Colin de Grandhomme mixed swing and seam, and Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson found disconcerting bounce.Throw in two wickets and a superman catch for Ravindra Jadeja, Jamieson’s innings of 49 and 51-run partnership with Wagner, Virat Kohli’s pumped-up reactions to New Zealand’s players and crowds followed by another early dismissal to end a personally dismal tour, and you had a day bursting at the seams with action.This was a pitch unlike any seen in New Zealand in recent times.It quickened up from day one and allowed more seam movement, which brought Shami and Bumrah right into the game.However, it is one thing to have conducive conditions and quite another to barge through on the back of them from so far out of the game.India had toiled for 23 overs on the first evening for no wicket, and began the day just 179 runs in lead.They were handed a lifeline through the prodigious seam, but they also corrected their lengths accordingly from the first evening.It was also their skill and pace that made life difficult for the batsmen.They also had to show fitness: Bumrah had to bowl a spell in each of the four hours that India were on the field, Shami bowled 12 overs unchanged either side of lunch followed by another spell after a half-hour break.While it was Yadav who got India the first breakthrough, Shami and Bumrah were the ones who tortured the batsmen with their seam movement.Bumrah’s seam movement accounted for the early dismissal of Kane Williamson, who played at a wide ball he would have left alone otherwise.Kohli, looking away from his team, evidently let out a Hindi expletive but didn’t get in the personal space of the batsman. This was not even close to the most pumped up he would be on the day.Ross Taylor and Tom Latham batted with better intent, adding 40 in little over 10 overs, but Taylor perished trying to dominate the weak link on paper, Jadeja.He stepped out in premeditated fashion, and didn’t have a bail-out option when Jadeja pulled the length back. Yadav then took an amazing catch running back from point, despite over-running the ball a little.It was still not panic stations as Latham and Henry Nicholls got into a partnership.The heart of the resistance, Latham had been excellent in his judgement until he left one ball too full from Shami, and it hit his stumps. Moments later, Kohli dived in front at second slip to send Nicholls back. He was so pumped up he was asking the crowd to “shut the **** up” by now.The lunch break came at the right time for India as Bumrah and Shami came back well rested, and unleashed hell.They were now bowling 145kmph legcutters regularly, hoping at times that it would seam less so as to take the edge.That wasn’t needed with BJ Watling and Tim Southee, who fell in the same Bumrah over.Watling, tied down for no run off 15 balls, tried to break the shackles with a big drive, but found a diving Jadeja at point.Southee could be forgiven for just poking at one; the bowling was just too Grandhomme and Jamieson then started to play their drives, and as both the main bowlers came off they saw an opportunity. Only for Jadeja to rip one past the outside edge and into the off stump of de Grandhomme for 26 off 44.At this point, India’s high-risk batting in the first innings looked like a masterstroke.New Zealand had survived for only two overs fewer than India, but they were 65 behind. It didn’t look like they would last much longer as Shami drew a top edge from a Wagner, which Hanuma Vihari dropped at fine leg.That catch would have made it 190 for 9, but instead Wagner went on to frustrate India even as Jamieson looked like the most comfortable batsmen on either side.Wagner finally nailed one hook after the partnership had crossed 51, but Jadeja intervened with an absolute stunner 20 metres off the deep backward square leg fence.It went flat and fast, but Jadeja moved sharply to his right, leapt up with his legs sort of cycling through the air and stuck his left hand out over his head to stun Wagner.Shami soon drew another top edge from Jamieson, one short of his fifty, to get India the lead.last_img read more

Students to work on Audi car technology

first_imgAudi has turned to a USC professor and five students to improve its automobile technology.The aim of the new three-year research initiative, which is called “Audi Urban Intelligent Assist,” which provides detailed information to drivers so they have a better sense of the driving conditions surrounding them.“Working on this project is good for the university and we will also be able to further our research,” said Petros Ioannou, professor and director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, which engages in transportation research.Ioannou’s team consists of masters student Brandon Foster, studying computer science, and Ph.D students Afshin Abadi studying electrical engineering aerospace & mechanical engineering, Tooraj Rajabioun, studying electrical engineering, Vadim Butakov, studying electrical engineering and Yun Wang, studying electrical engineering systems, who will receive funds for their work while the projects will help them work toward their degrees.The students were chosen based on their credentials, grades and ability to do research in the area, according to Ioannou.Ioannou said the USC students will be designing technology that cars cab utilize in large cities. For example, the car will know to take a different route if there is road construction or traffic congestion.Audi experts selected USC students to work on the project, which began Jan. 1, because the Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies is well known for its research in vehicles, according to Ioannu.“Each student is responsible for a specific part of the project,” Rajabioun said. “This research is unique and no other universities are doing the same research. Therefore, at the end of this project, USC will be the first university to have this technology.”The vision is to develop Audi models that will recognize individual motorists behind the wheel, know preferred destinations, routes the motorists have most commonly traveled and the time needed to reach appointments. The car will be able to help the drivers detect and avoid dangerous situations as well.“The intent is to develop new technologies and make better use of the transportation system,” said Randolph Hall, associate director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology. “It connects us to one of the international auto producers and enables us to think forward.”Mansour Rahimi, associate professor and coordinator of the human factors laboratory, said the research project deals with the intelligence transportation systems.“This is not a new phenomenon or a new line of research, but safety and risk ultimately is a question of trust in technology,” Rahimi said. “With proper design and proper testing, however, one can minimize the hazards associated with the automated systems.”Along with USC, the University of California, Berkley, the University of California, San Diego and the University of Michigan are also contributing to the three-year project.“It is a great learning experience in mathematical modeling, traffic simulations and programming,” Rajabioun said. “The future connected Audi will basically take care of all the little things that make driving in the city tedious and dangers so that motorists can enjoy the drive and get to where they want to go efficiently, safely and comfortably.”last_img read more