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HHS offers states $1.2 billion for bioterrorism readiness

first_img To qualify for CDC grants, jurisdictions must file applications by Jul 15, according to the agency’s guidance document for the program. They will be notified of awards by the end of August, the document says. Four urban areas—Los Angeles County, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC—are allotted separate base grants of $5 million, plus population-based amounts. Their allocations range from $8.5 million for Washington to $38.9 million for Los Angeles. The number of biosafety level 3 laboratories increased from 69 in 2001 to 139 in 2005. May 23, 2005, CIDRAP News story “New federal bioterrorism funds tied to specific goals” The CDC grants are to be used to develop “emergency-ready public health departments by upgrading, improving, and sustaining their preparedness and response capabilities for ‘all-hazards’ public health emergencies,” HHS said in a news release. The goals of the two funding programs also include improving infectious disease surveillance and strengthening connections between hospitals and state and local health departments to enhance disease reporting, according to HHS. The money includes $766 million administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and $450 million handled by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), both part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The deadline for applying for HRSA grants is Jul 1, according to HRSA spokesman David Bowman. Grants are to be awarded by Sep 1. All states now have detailed public health response plans, and 94% of states report they have exercised their response plan in the past year. See also: The CDC awards include funds to help cities equip themselves to quickly provide preventive drugs to masses of people in an emergency. The number of cities included in this 2-year-old program, called the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), is being doubled this year, from 36 to 72, according to HHS. The CRI money this year totals about $55 million, according to Roebuck. Last year the amount was about $40 million. The HRSA money is intended to help states increase their medical surge capacity and ability to handle “mass casualty” events, according to HHS. This includes increasing hospital beds, providing more isolation rooms, finding more healthcare workers, setting up hospital-based medication caches, and providing for mental health services, trauma and burn care, communications, and personal protective equipment.center_img The CRI program involves “enhancing each city’s dispensing plans with trained staff and developing and testing plans that include alternative means of delivery,” the HHS announcement says. “Known as mass prophylaxis, this effort is considered the top public health priority identified in the National Preparedness Goal.” The money can’t be used to buy drugs, which would come from the national emergency stockpile, said Roebuck. The CDC boasted of significant progress in bioterrorism preparedness in a bulletin posted last month on the agency Web site. The report cites the following improvements, to name a few: All states report they have plans in place for receiving and distributing drugs and supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, and 98% say they have designated facilities for those tasks. Jun 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials announced this week that about $1.22 billion will be made available to states and territories this year to prepare for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies, down from about $1.33 billion last year. The combined CDC-HRSA state allocations range from $6.14 million for Wyoming to $91.86 million for California. For the CDC funds, each state receives a base grant of $3.91 million plus an additional amount in proportion to population, CDC spokesman Von Roebuck in Atlanta told CIDRAP News. All states report having “24/7/365” capacity to investigate urgent disease reports. CDC guidance document for jurisdictions applying for preparedness grantshttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/planning/coopagreement/pdf/fy06announcement.pdf For comparison, the corresponding amounts announced last year were about $863 million in CDC grants and $471 million in HRSA grants. This year’s allocation is the fifth in a series of large federal outlays for public health preparedness that began in 2002. With this year’s funding, the CDC is also continuing a 2-year-old program to bolster infectious disease surveillance in states bordering Canada and Mexico, according to HHS. The amount allocated for the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance program, as it is called, is $5.44 million, the same as last year. CDC fact sheet “CDC Makes Preparedness a Priority”http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/fs060519.htmlast_img read more

Novatek, Fluxys in small-scale LNG development pact

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Fluxys)Russia’s Novatek signed a memorandum of understanding with Fluxys to develop small-scale LNG projects in Europe. In addition, the two companies have agreed to join forces in developing LNG marketing in Europe and Latin America, optimizing LNG logistics, as well as other projects involving LNG.Speaking of the agreement, Novatek’s chairman, Leonid Mikhelson said it enable the company to develop new LNG markets as well as to increase the efficiency of its LNG projects, utilizing resource base on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas.Pascal De Buck, Fluxys managing director and CEO added that small-scale LNG “ticks all the boxes to curb the carbon and health impact of heavy duty road transport, shipping and remote industry.”last_img read more

Manchester City hope China investment deal can prove a giant leap forward

first_img The deal – which values City at a total of 3billion US dollars, around £2billion – will see 400million US dollars (£265million) pumped into the City Football Group (CFG), after it sold the stake to a consortium of CMC (China Media Capital) and investment company CITIC Capital. Club insiders believe the investment deal will open up the vast untapped market in China in a way that no other top-flight side has so far managed. A series of tours of China by City is now expected, possibly starting as soon as next summer, and there are expected to be numerous other openings such as content and sponsorship deals. The income from the deal will not be used for a spending spree on new players however – a statement from CFG said the capital will be used by to fund its growth in China and other “international business expansion opportunities”. CMC chairman Ruigang Li will represent the consortium at CFG by becoming its seventh board member and believes there are “unprecedented” opportunities to break into the China market. He said: “Football is now at a fascinating and critical stage of development in China. We see unprecedented growth opportunities in both its development as an industry, being China’s most watched sport, and its inspirational role bringing people of all ages together with a shared passion. “With its unique business model and distinct successes, City Football Group, whom we have come to know well, represents a differentiated systematic approach to building a global platform for football know-how, player development, academy programmes and commercial partnerships that will benefit China’s football industry on multiple levels. We and our consortium partner CITIC Capital also see this investment as a prime opportunity for furthering the contribution of China to the global football family.” The deal sees new shares issued in CFG in addition to those owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), the investment and development company privately owned by Sheikh Mansour of the Abu Dhabi royal family. Prior to the investment ADUG was the sole shareholder of CFG which owns Manchester City, New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and is a minority shareholder in Yokohama F. Marinos. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of CFG, said: “Football is the most loved, played and watched sport in the world and in China, the exponential growth pathway for the game is both unique and hugely exciting. “We have therefore worked hard to find the right partners and to create the right deal structure to leverage the incredible potential that exists in China, both for CFG and for football at large.” Manchester City believe they have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals after their owners sold a 13 per cent stake in the club’s parent company to Chinese investors. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

TriRail and Brightline Running on Regular Schedules Despite Outbreak

first_imgHealthcare workers and other essential employees are still able to commute to work in South Florida using mass transit like TriRail and Brightline trains.TriRail connects all three international airports in Palm Beach Broward and Miami Dade, but air travel is down and many people are telecommuting from home. Therefore, the ridership is down to less than 10,000 a day and that means there are less people on the trains. President Trump advised against gatherings of more than 10 people and at this time, according to Steve Abrams, the executive director of Tri-Rail the crowd-size is self regulating on the trains.Also, Brightline is a “touchless” train so there is little need for riders to use their hands during their commute. TriRail is working diligently all day to keep the trains clean, but riders are advised to wash their hands after taking a trip on a train.“Re-doubling our efforts to disinfect our equipment, our trains, and our stations,” said Abrams.Abrams says Tri-Rail has a train yard in Hialeah and West Palm Beach. He says the cleaning will be ongoing during the day.“So we’ll actually send cleaning crews onto the trains through the course of the day to do touch up work. The major cleaning and disinfecting will take place in the yards,” he said.Some passengers are also taking their own steps. While others say they appreciate the rail system’s efforts.Listen to full interview with TriRail Executive Director Steve Abrams here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TriRail.mp3On a daily bases, Tri-Rail has 15,000 riders. The train stops at 18 stations from Magnolia Park to Miami International Airport. In fact, in 2019 the rail system had their highest ridership ever. Now, Tri-Rail is taking a proactive approach to handling coronavirus concerns.Brightline is increasing disinfecting their trains, adding additional hand sanitizer stations and using disposable cleaninglast_img read more

Broward Medical Examiner Rules Man’s Death an “Accident” After Airport Struggle with Deputies

first_imgThe Broward County Medical examiner has ruled that the airport death of Kevon Todd, who died after a struggle with sheriff’s deputies last spring, was an accident.A report states Todd died from a drug overdose.In a statement released late Friday, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said he is turning the case over to the state attorney’s office for a review of the April 9 incident, which occurred at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.“The county medical examiner has found that the cause of Kevon Todd’s death was a drug overdose, and found that the deputies who took Kevon Todd into custody did not contribute to his death,” Tony said in his statement.“Security at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is taken very seriously by deputies, given the tragic shooting that occurred there in 2017,” he continued. “That is why under my administration deputies have received additional training in responding to active shooter and other crisis situations, and based on the evidence I have, I believe the deputies in this case acted responsibly.”The shooting to which Tony referred resulted in the deaths of five people and injured six others in a baggage claim area of the airport’s Terminal 2. Between 30 and 40 other people were injured in that incident.In addition, Tony said he “tasked our Department of Fire Rescue to conduct a thorough administrative review of their response to this incident to ensure we did everything possible to save Mr. Todd’s life.“My heart breaks for the family of Kevon Todd, and I hope the details released today give them a better understanding about what happened to their loved one,” Tony said in the statement.According to its autopsy report dated April 11, the medical examiner’s office concluded that Todd died of “acute eutylone intoxication.”Eutylone was listed in an “emerging threat report” last year by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Last year, Sweden’s public health agency suggested classifying the drug as a hazardous substance..@bsosherifftony has released a statement and body cam video footage on the death of Kevon Todd, an incident that took place on April 9, 2020 at @FLLFlyer. Read the details and view the video at https://t.co/8l6BlmEFJg. pic.twitter.com/uExRyAnMc3— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) July 3, 2020 Last Thursday, family members demanded an explanation for the death and accused the BSO of concealing information.“The family is entitled to answers and also is entitled to justice,‘’ Miami attorney Robyn Blake, who represents the Todd family, said Thursday.According to timelines released by BSO, the situation that ended in Todd’s death started just after 9 a.m. on April 9 when 29-year-old Todd appeared on the upper level of the JetBlue terminal at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Just before 11:30 a.m. that morning, a doctor pronounced him dead at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.Timelines show that Todd approached an airline ticket agent and started yelling after he entered Terminal 3, which is served by JetBlue and other airlines.Shortly thereafter, the airline called for help.Video from cameras worn by deputies and released by the sheriff’s office show an officer approaching Todd, speaking with him and then persuading him to leave.However, Todd then re-entered the building after kicking off his sandals in the street.He subsequently moved to an area near a security checkpoint, where he toppled over several stanchions and was taken to the floor by deputies who had chased him.Video shows six officers trying to bring him under control, as he yelled and struggled to escape.One officer was shown placing a knee between Todd’s shoulder blades below his neck.After bring handcuffed, Todd was seen being carried from the building by three deputies and placed on his side on a sidewalk, where he appears to lose consciousness.At 9:28 a.m., according to the timeline, “Mr. Todd intentionally hit his head on the metal barrier and is again controlled by the deputies.”Eleven minutes later, Fire Rescue arrived with a gurney, administered CPR in a terminal hallway next to an elevator and then loaded Todd into the ambulance.The drive to Broward Health took 17 minutes, and at 10 a.m., “Fire Rescue is heard saying that Mr. Todd has a pulse and is alive,” according to the timeline.At 11:25 a.m., Todd was pronounced dead at the hospital.Two deputies involved in the situation were treated for minor injuries.last_img read more

Brooks hits 102 unbeaten, Moseley 79 to take Pride 261 for 2

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados Pride captain Shamarh Brooks hit his fourth first-class hundred to lead his side’s batting against Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday here.Brooks was undefeated on 104, as Pride reached 261 for two in their first innings after they decided to bat on the first day of their 10th and final round match at Kensington Oval.The incumbent West Indies ‘A’ Team ‘Test’ captain shared two successive significant stands with left-handers Shayne Moseley, who made 72, and Jonathan Carter, not out on 36.Strangely, left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont shared the new ball with Derval Green, and this set the tone for the visitors for the rest of the day, as the Pride batsmen indulged themselves on a surface that played very true.Brooks, a hometown favourite, due to his languid batting style, reached his landmark from 194 balls, when he turned Lamont into square leg for a single, bringing a roar of approval from the small crowd that turned up.It was his first hundred in 24 first-class matches, since he collected 111 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in November 2015 at this venue.He has so far batted 264 minutes, faced 194 balls and struck 14 fours, sharing 108 for the second wicket with Moseley and 96 – unbroken – for the third wicket with Carter.Pride had a solid launching pad from Moseley and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite when they put on 57 for the first wicket in just over an hour of batting.Brathwaite made 32 before he was well caught by Fabian Allen, running to his right at mid-on, when he advanced to try and hit John Campbell’s uncomplicated off-spin over the top.Brooks came to the crease and with Moseley scored relatively freely to carry Pride to lunch on 115 for one.Moseley was unbeaten on 50, reaching his landmark from 82 balls, when he drove Rovman Powell through the off-side for a sweetly-timed ninth four.He carried on smartly after the interval and with Brooks playing as easily as he typically does he had the Scorpions’ attack at his mercy.This prompted Scorpions captain Nikita Miller to turn to the tame off-spin of Andre McCarthy and he struck with his first delivery, when Moseley’s avarice got the better of him and Paul Palmer pouched a catch at mid-off from an ill-advised drive.Pride were 165 for two, and Carter and Brooks carried them to 207 for two at tea before batting through the final session to fortify their side’s position.Pride entered the match second in the table on 94.6 points and have so far earned two batting points, while Scorpions, starting third on 91 points, have so far gained no points.PRIDE 1st inningsK. Brathwaite c Allen b Campbell 32S. Moseley c Palmer b McCarthy 79S. Brooks not out 104J. Carter not out 36Extras: (b-6, nb-4) 10Total: (2 wkts, 90 overs) 261Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-165.Bowling: Green 14-4-30-0, Lamont 17-6-47-0, Mindley 10-0-46-0 (nb-4), Miller 24-10-51-0, Campbell 6-1-28-1, Powell 11-4-28-0, McCarthy 7-1-22-1, Blackwood 1-1-0-0.last_img read more

Lifting AFCON Trophy in 1980 Remains  Unforgettable

first_imgIt took a lot of pressure to inject Kelechi Iheanacho into our national team. It is these young players that will provide longevity; that is how to build a team. It is not all about winning all the time.“Because I and some of my colleagues started playing early for the national team, we are able to play from the ‘70’s up to the ‘80’s before the set of Stephen Keshi took over the mantle to the ‘90’s. With that, there was continuity and the national team was not only able to record considerable success, but was respected across the globe. By the time the team qualified for its first World Cup in 1994, it was ranked fifth in the world by FIFA,” Chukwu stated. “Even before the ’94 Mundial, players such as Kanu Nwankwo, Taribo West and some few others were already prepared to break into the team and some of them were even involved in series of friendly matches by the team.“Today, the reverse is the case. If a player scores a goal in London or in Sweden he is quickly invited to the national team. After a game, he is back to his clubs until Eagles have another match and as a result there is no bond in the team. With such an arrangement, how can there be continuity and longevity.”Asked what he would have been if he had not taken to football, he said by virtue of the fact that he was very good at science subjects he would have been an engineer, which was a very popular profession while he was growing up in Enugu.“In those days in Enugu, engineering and medicine were the two most popular profession and every parents derived pleasure in being addressed as the father or mother of an engineer or doctor. I really wanted to be an engineer before football discovered me as a child. I started playing right from primary school. But I’m very happy I took to the latter because the goodwill I enjoyed as a footballer and still enjoying today I might not have enjoyed it any other profession,” Chukwu said.On whether he made money in football, “Chairman”, as he was fondly called in his playing days, said: “When you measure it in terms of Naira and Kobo I may not be referred to as a rich man, but the goodwill that I enjoyed while playing football was unquantifiable; money cannot buy it. Everywhere I go today people recognise me and treat me with love and respect, which to me is more valuable than money.”One moment in his career he would never forget in a hurry was in 1980 when he lifted the AFCON trophy before the full glare of President Shehu Shagari and thousands of spectators at the National Stadium.“Before that deserved victory in 1980, the team had won bronze in 1976 and ’78 in Adiss Ababa and Ghana respectively. Playing on home ground was therefore one great opportunity we were not ready to let go. It was a great feeling lifting the cup before the President and over sixty thousand spectators, not to talk of millions of television viewers. It would ever remain an unforgettable moment in my life,” Chukwu recalled with nostalgia. After his playing career, he went on to coach Enugu Rangers. He was part of the coaching crew that qualified Nigeria to her first World Cup and won the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia. Ten years later, he led Nigeria to winning the bronze. He failed to book a place to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He had coaching stints in Lebanon and with the Kenyan national team in 1998.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz defeat Panama to advance to FIFA World Cup

first_imgJamaica defeated Panama on penalty kicks in a very exciting third-place CONCACAF game this evening in Frisco, Texas and now advances to FIFA’s Women World Cup next year in France.Both teams were competing for a World Cup placement from CONCACAF and ended the 90 minutes regulation period tied 1-1. After the required overtime period each team scored to be still tied 2-2, advancing to the dreaded penalty kicks. Jamaica won 4-2 on penalties. The Reggae Girlz, ranked No 64 in the world, are the first Caribbean team to earn a spot in the World Cup. Panama still has a chance to qualify in a two-legged playoff with Argentina, and make it to the World Cup in the footsteps of the men’s team which made it to last summer’s World Cup in Russia. Both the United States and Canada already secured spots in the World Cup with wins in the CONCACAF semifinals.  ..last_img read more

Kotoko confirm Dr. KK Sarpong exit as Porcupine Warriors club chairman

first_imgKotoko have confirmed that their chairman Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong has resigned to prematurely from his post, one of the club’s key communicators has revealed.The astute chairman of the Porcupine Warriors towel threw on Friday to end his three years of service.The chartered accountant told the wife of the owner of the club Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of his decision to leave the club.“Dr Sarpong has informed the wife of Otumfuo Lady Julia of his decision to leave the club,” Nana Kwame Dankwa, one the the club’s spokesmen told Happy FM on Monday morning.The 59-year-old is incensed with the hails of insults from fans and the constant allegations of financial misappropriation.Dr Sarpong has helped to re-brand Kotoko by securing multiple sponsorship deals locally and the famous partnership agreement with English side Sunderland. He has begun work on the Kotoko Adako Jachie Project which involves a befitting training ground and office complex.The former Tema Oil Refinery boss has made attempts to revive the club’s academy.Dr Sarpong won two back-to-back Ghana Premier League titleslast_img read more

Luciano Vietto equaliser salvages Atletico Madrid draw against Real Madrid

first_imgLuciano Vietto scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid to salvage a 1-1 draw for Diego Simeone’s side against their city rivals Real Madrid.With Barcelona losing to Sevilla on Saturday the opportunity was there for either side to boost their Liga position, with Real Madrid looking to go top of the table for the first time this season. However, Vietto’s goal means Rafael Benitez’s side remain behind Villarreal in second place.Karim Benzema continued his goalscoring form by opening the scoring after just nine minutes, with Keylor Navas preserving Real Madrid’s lead by saving a first-half penalty kick effort from Antoine Griezmann.Real Madrid looked set to claim all three points until Vietto finished from close range after good work from Jackson Martinez down the left and Griezmann in front of the goalkeeper. And Navas was required to make a save in stoppage time to keep the scoreline at 1-1.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more