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HHS offers tools to promote local pandemic preparedness

first_img Jun 14 CIDRAP News story “HHS hears community leaders’ ideas on pandemic readiness” He said the gap between what public health experts know and what the public knows about pandemic planning is still very large, and more work is needed, particularly on community mitigation efforts that may be needed in a severe pandemic, such as school closures and student dismissals. See also: One component that seems to be missing from the HHS toolkit is a plan for distributing it to community leaders who are well positioned to use the materials, Dworkin said. “As of right now, they are available online, but who knows about them? How will community leaders, school boards, and others learn about their existence?” he asked. Greg Dworkin, MD, founding editor of the Flu Wiki Web site and chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., told CIDRAP News the materials have been well received. “Interestingly, long-time flu preppers have already used them to discuss the idea with relatives and others who respond to the HHS stamp of legitimacy,” he said. Stephanie Marshall, HHS director of pandemic communications, told CIDRAP News via e-mail that the agency launched a “trade advertising campaign” for the toolkit on Dec 1, the same day the materials were posted on the government’s pandemic planning Web site. She said the ads appear on the toolkit Web site. “Government alone can’t prepare the nation for pandemic flu; this challenge requires your help,” HHS says in its online introduction to the toolkit. “As a leader in your community, you can playa powerful role in encouraging your employees, patients, and members and others whom you represent to prepare by providing information and guidance and by preparing yourself.” The toolkit is an outgrowth of earlier HHS efforts to engage community leaders’ help in preparing the nation for an influenza pandemic. In May the agency hosted a 5-week blog series that was designed to engage community leaders in online discussions about personal preparedness. In June, HHS held a leadership forum in Washington, DC, that drew about 100 leaders from various sectors.center_img Dworkin was one of 13 experts who led the HHS blog discussions and also took part in the agency’s leadership summit. HHS has identified nine communities that it will target with more intensive communication efforts regarding pandemic planning, Marshall said, adding that the agency hopes to introduce that campaign early next year. Titled “Take the Lead: Working Together to Prepare Now,” the 21-item toolkit is aimed at groups such as churches and business, healthcare, and civic organizations. The package of materials, posted on the HHS’ pandemic planning Web site Dec 1, includes several components that groups can adapt to meet their needs, including talking points, checklists, fact sheets, sample e-mails, and sample newsletter articles. The toolkit includes a template that groups can use to publicize campaigns to stockpile food as a community pandemic preparation activity. The package also includes ideas about incentives leaders can use to motivate community members to attend pandemic planning information meetings and related activities. Toolkit materials reflect the input from community leaders, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS said on the Web site. Dec 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a toolkit to help community leaders educate their constituents about steps they can take to prepare for an influenza pandemic.last_img read more

Mahfud MD named Kompolnas chairperson for 2020-2024 term

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has named Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD chairperson of the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) for the 2020-2024 term.The appointment, stipulated in Presidential Decree No. 54/M/2020 on the dismissal and appointment of Kompolnas members issued on Aug. 11, also saw several other state officials, law enforcement experts and public figures taking up various posts within the state body.Kompolnas members will be tasked with assisting the President in determining the direction of the National Police, as well as providing input regarding the appointment and dismissal of the police chief, according to a written statement issued by the Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau on Wednesday. “All Kompolnas members were elected by the Selection Panel helmed by Suparman Marzuki,” the statement read. Suparman chaired the Judicial Commission from 2013 to 2015.Home Minister Tito Karnavian – who previously served as National Police chief – was appointed Kompolnas deputy chairperson, while Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly was named a member of the state body.Other members include law enforcement experts: Benny Jozua Mamoto, formerly the National Narcotics Agency’s (BNN) deputy chief for drug eradication; Pudji Hartanto Iskandar, formerly the Transportation Ministry’s director general for land transportation; and Albertus Wahyurudhanto, a lecturer at the Police Staff College (PTIK);Several public representatives also constitute a portion of the state body – including Yusuf, a legal scholar; Mohammad Dawam, a legal expert; and Poengky Indarti, a former Kompolnas commissioner.Topics :last_img read more

Gleneagles set for Curragh spin

first_imgQipco 2000 Guineas favourite Gleneagles will strut his stuff at the Curragh on Sunday after Aidan O’Brien confirmed the exciting colt will be part of the Ballydoyle contingent working after racing. The son of Galileo won four of his six starts as a juvenile, grabbing Group One glory in the National Stakes, and also passed the post in front in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longhamp only to be subsequently disqualified for causing interference. Gleneagles has been heavily supported for the season’s first Classic at Newmarket and O’Brien is delighted with his condition. “He was very babyish in all of his three starts last year, even after his third start he was whinnying in the winner’s enclosure after the other horses went out of the ring. “At this stage it looks like we’ll stay at home with him for his two trials in the Ballysax and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. “We think he has grown up mentally this year, but the fact he was so babyish last year means that it probably makes sense to keep him at home for his first couple of starts rather than pitching him in deep by travelling abroad early this season. “Fast ground won’t be a problem, he has a big stride and plenty of speed. He will go to the Curragh on Sunday for a day away with the rest of them. “Ol’ Man River is very good and is doing everything right so far. He’s always been a very mature horse that shows plenty of pace in his work and while we haven’t made any decisions yet, he could go the Guineas route. “He’s a bit like Camelot in that he’s much pacier than the vast majority of the Montjeu’s we’ve had, which is making us think about the Guineas. He wouldn’t be certain to get the Derby trip. “You’d imagine he’d travel around Epsom very strongly and you couldn’t be sure what’s going to happen from the two-furlong pole. “We’ll bring him to the Curragh on Sunday and make our plans after that.” O’Brien revealed Aloft and Archangel Raphael could slot into Derby trials in the spring, with the Lingfield Derby Trial nominated for the latter. Dick Whittington, who won the Phoenix Stakes on his sixth juvenile start, could go down the French Guineas route. Press Association Speaking in a stable tour with At The Races, the trainer said: “Everything seems fine with him so far. He’s a Galileo with a lot of speed and he doesn’t do much once he gets to the front, which is coming through from his pedigree as a lot of them were like that. “He’s a full-sister to Marvellous, but he’s a much stronger traveller and pacier horse than she was. He would have had no problem winning over six furlongs last year if we’d asked him to and he has more than enough pace for a Guineas. “You’d imagine he’ll get a mile and a quarter, but you couldn’t be sure he’ll get much further than that. “He’ll go for a spin at the Curragh on Sunday and we’ll sit down and make a plan for him after that.” O’Brien also revealed he sees impressive Vintage Stakes winner Highland Reel as a horse that “could go straight to the Guineas.” The chief Derby hope for the yard appears to be John F Kennedy, while Ol’ Man River is another likely Classic candidate. That pair are also bound for the Curragh this weekend. “He (John F Kennedy) has done well over the winter and everything seems fine with him so far,” said O’Brien. last_img read more

Harper reassures delegates of commitment to the development of cricket in Georgetown

first_imgFORMER Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Roger Harper was returned unopposed as president of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) for another year on Tuesday night. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) pavilion on Woolford Avenue, presiding officer Ronald Williams ensured voting by the 37 delegates was held in a transparent manner.After the conclusion of the voting process, Harper reaffirmed his commitment towards the development of cricket at all levels in Georgetown.“We will be looking to run-off competitions at all the different levels, which would give youngsters the opportunity to showcase their talents, and to help them to move on to greater heights,” the former West Indies vice-captain pointed out.He noted that the challenge of grounds’ availability will be top priority for the GCA during the year.Tuesday’s night AGM and elections was the first since 2014, due to a court injunction against the association.“Now that the court issues are behind us, we hope … we look forward to the development of cricket in Georgetown. I want to give the junior players the opportunity to develop and reach their full potential,” Harper remarked.Meanwhile, Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) was the only city club that was not allowed voting rights after their financial contribution for the past three years was not paid to the association.Neil Barry and Azad Ibrahim were elected first and second vice-presidents respectively. The two were challenged by University of Guyana’s representative Lavern Fraser.The rest of the executive reads: Deborah McNichol (secretary), Paul Castello (assistant secretary), Denis Wilson (treasurer), Imran Alli (assistant treasurer), Graham Alli (Marketing Manager), Colin Alfred (Public Relations Officer) and Shawn Massiah (Chairman of the Competitions Committee).last_img read more

While you were away: A brief look at some of the key details in the NCAA’s report into Syracuse University

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 16, 2015 at 12:01 am Contact Justin: jmatting@syr.edu | @jmattingly306 The NCAA released the findings of its investigation into Syracuse University during Spring Break.The 94-page report was released on March 6, and the sanctions are in connection to an NCAA investigation that was initiated in 2007 when the university self-reported potential violations within the athletics department. No current student-athlete was involved in the investigation. SU self-reported 10 violations in the case and met with the NCAA Committee of Infractions in October 2014.Here are five key details to know about the report, the violations and the subsequent punishments:— SU committed a number of violations, including student-athletes receiving impermissible assistance from tutors and mentors, the university failing to comply with its own written drug policy and a lack of institutional control.— SU men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for the first nine games of Atlantic Coast Conference play for the 2015–16 season. SU must also vacate all wins in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11 and 2011–12.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text— SU self-imposed a one-year postseason ban, including the ACC tournament, the National Invitational Tournament and the NCAA Tournament in early February. The NCAA “accepted” the self-imposed ban. No further postseason bans will be put in place as a result of the investigation.— Chancellor Kent Syverud sent out a campus-wide email following the release of the NCAA’s report and said that SU “respectfully disagrees with certain findings” of the investigation.— The university has until March 21 to decide if it will appeal parts of the report, and Syverud said in the email that SU is considering whether it will appeal. Commentslast_img read more