US official admits problems in BioShield program

first_img Some experts at the hearing said Project BioShield needs more personnel and increased legal authority to support risky research, the Post reported. Tara O’Toole, a University of Pittsburgh biodefense expert who works in Baltimore, estimated that HHS needs another 100 employees to manage the program efficiently. About 40 people work on the program now, the story said. Under questioning from members of both parties, administration officials conceded many criticisms that the drug and biotechnology industry has aimed at Project BioShield in recent months, the newspaper said. See also: The story said corporate executives warned that they need clearer direction from the program to help them decide what kind of research to launch. Executives also complained of delays, bureaucratic inertia, and other problems with the program. Alex M. Azar II, a deputy secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), acknowledged that Project BioShield has problems and promised increased efforts to make it work, according to an Apr 7 report in the Washington Post. He promised that HHS would publish a draft plan and invite comments later this year and follow up with a final plan soon afterward. In addition, the story said, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has promised to reorganize the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, which runs the program. “We recognize that more can and must be done to aggressively and efficiently implement Project BioShield,” Azar was quoted as saying. “We will make this process more transparent and work to educate the public and industry about our priorities and opportunities.” Speaking to the health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Azar “conceded that the lack of a strategic plan has left industry guessing about the government’s priorities,” the Post reported. Azar reported that HHS has committed close to $1.1 billion in BioShield contracts so far. The largest project is an $877 million contract with VaxGen Inc., Brisbane, Calif., for 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine. The BioShield program, enacted in July 2004, was designed to speed the development of drugs and vaccines to counter the effects of biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological agents. Rep. Anna G. Eschoo, D-Calif., was quoted as saying, “I think what’s lacking in all this is a real sense of urgency. I can’t help but think we are not prepared if, God forbid, any of these catastrophes were to be visited upon the United States.” The contract, awarded in November 2004, calls for VaxGen to deliver the vaccine by November 2007. The Post said the company has conceded it is at least a year behind schedule in making the vaccine. Stewart Simonson, the HHS assistant secretary in charge of that office, resigned in March. Some congress members had criticized him as lacking the scientific expertise needed for the position, the story said. Apr 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration acknowledged last week that its $5.6 billion program to build a supply of medical countermeasures against biological weapons and other threats is struggling and needs help, according to a newspaper report. Jul 21, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Bush signs BioShield legislation”last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Duck Dynasty question

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Aziz Ansari · 346 weeks ago Should have asked this question a week ago when it was news. Now everybody is sick of hearing about it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down WHS Grad · 346 weeks ago Having money and having class are not the same. Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down in god we trust · 346 weeks ago Seems he has both whs grad oh one thing even more important. He has faith and walks it everyday. Great example. Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Barney Fife · 346 weeks ago You don’t do a show on REDNECKS and not expect to have redneck response when asked a question. Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down In god we trust · 346 weeks ago Barney Fife good point….add to the point that those rednecks are also ordained ministers. Report Reply 0 replies · active 346 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down anon · 345 weeks ago a&e had every right to suspend him…just as he had every right to say whatever he did. Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 345 weeks ago What he said was quotes from the bible and his own dealings with people growing up. He wasn’t on the show when he said it. He was just answering a question. They can suspend him but they shouldn’t. He didn’t wish harm on anyone or say anyone should cause harm to anyone. I’m sick and tired of everyone getting bent out of shape if they don’t agree with what you say. If you don’t like it….don’t listen or watch it. A person like him with his beliefs the same kind of beliefs a great number of Americans have are constantly having to deal with people’s lifestyles they don’t agree with but aren’t aloud to object to because backlash like happened to Phil will happen to them. So I’m glad he stuck by his guns and his family backed him and now A&E gave up. Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments  Loading … Do you believe Phil Robertson should have been suspended from Duck Dynasty? Yes. No. Maybe, as long as he comes back. I don’t know anything about Duck Dynasty. View Resultslast_img read more

Olympics: Groundbreaking Games for women in Rio

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp  ‘Iron ceiling’ Forty five percent of the 11,444 athletes — 5,175 — in Rio were women, slightly higher than in London 2012.“Every National Olympic Committee has now sent female athletes to the Games,” an IOC spokesman said.New sports such as weightlifting were added to the women’s programme in 2000, wrestling in 2004, and boxing in 2012.The target in Tokyo in 2020 will be to make even more events open.Yuriko Koike, governor of the Japanese host city, said, however, it was also hard to change mentalities in Japan.“Women are doing fantastic performances in the world of sports, in the world of politics, unfortunately the percentage of women parliamentarians is lower in Japan than in other major places,” the 64-year-old said.“Hillary Clinton talked of a glass ceiling, I think we have got an iron ceiling.“Along with Olympic athletes, Japan’s female politicians will also take up the challenge and strive to become good role models.” Ines Boubakri won the Arab world’s first ever women’s Olympic fencing medal, dedicating her bronze to “the Tunisian women, the Arab woman… who has her place in society”.US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad succeeded in her ambition to show the world that Muslim-American women could compete in elite sports.The 30-year-old from New Jersey, the first US Olympian to wear a hijab — a headscarf worn by Muslim women — during competition, came away with a bronze in the women’s team sabre event.Saudi Arabia’s Kariman Abuljadayel — one of four women athletes sent by the conservative Gulf kingdom to Rio — competed in the 100m sprint.Emirati swimmer Nada Al Badwawi, who carried her country’s flag in the opening ceremony, said: “We are slowly starting to change the mentality.“My main goal is to break down these gender barriers and pave the way for other female swimmers.” ‘Gender barriers’ Women from the Middle East were more represented than ever before in Rio.Weightlifter Sara Ahmed, wearing a sports hijab, blazed a trail by becoming the first woman from Egypt to stand on the podium, lifting 255kg to finish third. African-American Simone BilesRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | From the dizzying gymnastics heights of African-American Simone Biles to Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik and Brazilian golden girl Rafaela Silva in judo — Rio proved a groundbreaking Games for women.Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps had already arrived in Rio as global superstars of men’s track and field and swimming.But newcomer Biles’s amazing acrobatic skills also won star billing with her record-equalling four women’s gold and a bronze at her first Games.The 19-year-old became the second African-American after Gabby Douglas in 2012 to win the all-around title, ending her Olympics in the spotlight by carrying the United States flag at the closing ceremony.“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps,” the Texan had said. “I’m the first Simone Biles.”Despite the shining success of Biles, a gender gap remains with 169 events for men staged in Rio compared to 137 for women.Nevertheless, the Games still had many firsts with judoka Majlinda Kelmendi winning Kosovo a gold at its maiden Games, as Monica Puig gave Puerto Rico tennis gold.“I just proved that even after we survived a war, if they (kids in Kosovo) want something they can have it,” said Kelmendi.Silva, 24, who grew up in Rio’s violent, poverty stricken ‘City of God’ slum, won special mention from IOC president Thomas Bach as the Games drew to a close.“Rising from the favela to become Olympic champion, when you look at her childhood and what she had to overcome, she’s an inspiration across the world,” Bach said.Malik also told how she had to overcome prejudice to become India’s first medallist with freestyle wrestling bronze.The 23-year-old from Rohtak, 76km northwest of New Dehli, said her parents had been criticised by local people when she started wrestling.“I want to say that girls can also do a lot if you give them confidence,” said Malik, who carried the Indian flag at the closing ceremony.last_img read more

Lions Club Raising Funds to Build Playground

first_imgThe American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant play system will be the first of its kind in central New Jersey and include fully accessible climbers, activity panels, xylophones, drums, water features, sounding poles, and much more. The all-inclusive playground will offer a unique sensory experience for blind, visually impaired and autistic children. For more information, visit COLTS NECK – Colts Neck Lions Club celebrated its largest fundraising achievement to date by providing a check to County Freeholder Lillian Burry from the Friends of Monmouth County Parks System. With the support of the local community, the Lions Club raised over $122,000 that will be used to build a state-of-the-art playground for the blind and visually impaired. The construction of the playground, which will be an addition to the current Challenger Place playground at Dorbrook Park, will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for the summer of 2019, with an expected completion date by the end of the year. last_img read more

Senior Menu

first_imgLunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with whole-grain bread, green salad, yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick, fruit and low-fat milk. Here is this week’s menu: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Monday: Centers closed due to Memorial Day. Tuesday: Chicken primavera, cauliflower, vegetable blend Italian. Wednesday: Cook’s choice. Thursday: Beef sirloin tips, peas, vegetable blend Italian. Friday: Sweet and sour chicken, cauliflower, lima beans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Umpire Rudi Koertzen retires

first_img7 June 2010Having stood in 106 tests, a record 209 one-day internationals, and 14 Twenty20 internationals, South African umpire Rudi Koertzen has announced his retirement from international cricket.He will be replaced on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Elite Panel of Umpires by fellow-South African Marais Erasmus.“Cricket South Africa salutes this outstanding South African cricketing son, who has earned the respect of players throughout the world with his expert and even-handed umpiring,” Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola said in a statement this week.“History will record Rudi’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of cricket in South Africa and throughout the cricketing world,” Majola said.‘Role model’“He has been a fine role model for aspirant umpires, and it is a great tribute to him that one of his proteges, Marais Erasmus, has been elected to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.”Reflecting on his career as an umpire, Koertzen said: “If I can look back at my career with pride, it is due to the sacrifices of my family and the excellent support and backing I received from my fellow umpires and colleagues in Cricket South Africa and the ICC.“Even though I will retire after the Leeds test between Australia and Pakistan, from 21 to 25 July, I’ll be more than happy to assist and help young umpires if they need my guidance, as cricket also teaches us to give something back to the sport,” Koertzen said.“After 18 years in business, I think it is payback time.”‘Benchmark for aspirant umpires’Erasmus expressed his delight at being elected to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, saying: “To follow in the footsteps of someone like Rudi Koertzen, who is a legend of the game, is something that most of us umpires aspire to.“Representing my country is a big responsibility, and I look forward to taking it on and doing my best wherever the game takes me.”ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on the ICC’s website that Koertzen had made a big contribution to the game. “A distinguished career like Rudi’s presents a benchmark for aspirant umpires,” he said.“Rudi is a role model for many of the younger-generation umpires, and his distinguished career sets a standard for them to emulate.“He is one of the most respected umpires in the game, and has always been confident and self motivated yet humble,” Lorgat said. “It is why he has been comfortably able to embrace the core values of the traditional game with the technological advances in recent times.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

‘The devil will appear again’: Pochettino backs Dele Alli to rediscover Spurs form

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has backed Dele Alli to come good and looks forward to the England international being “a bit naughty” on the pitch.Alli is one of many Tottenham players who have underperformed this season but the 23-year-old was singled out by Sky pundits for criticism after last weekend’s defeat at Liverpool. Spurs are 11th in the Premier League going in Sunday’s game at Everton, and Pochettino has backed the player brought in from Milton Keynes four years ago to help the club climb the table. Inter eye summer move for Vertonghen after Spurs rule out January switch Dele Alli Share on Messenger Topics Tottenham Hotspur Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Mauricio Pochettino Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email “We know very well that Dele is going to be back,” he said. “His mentality is good. Always you need time to recover the feelings and performance after a tough period. The most difficult thing is to know how long it will take to be again at your best. As long as you are consistent and working hard, you are going to arrive again, though, because the quality is there. The only thing is, the competition do not wait.”Pochettino drew comparison to an earlier period in Alli’s career where the player came under criticism for, among other things, giving the bird to his England teammate Kyle Walker. Talking about the “devil” in his player, the manager said: “It’s still there inside of him. If you go back, we all criticised him. But I said I liked this Dele Alli, because sometimes players being a bit naughty makes that difference. The devil is going to appear again. I don’t know when. But for sure it will.”Alli’s mentality came in for criticism this week, with Gary Neville labelling him “half the player he was” and Graeme Souness suggesting Alli had “taken his eye off the ball”. Pochettino brushed off criticism from pundits and said he would never become one. “Sometimes you get upset when you read or you listen but when you are mature you understand that that is the business: if you go to the TV you need to say something,” he said. news Read morelast_img read more

Member States of ISA Urged to Pay Arrears

first_img Member States of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in arrears with their annual contributions to the body’s Voluntary Trust Fund are being urged to bring the payments up to date quickly.This call comes from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who noted that several countries are in arrears for more than two years.“We urge such State parties, therefore, to fulfil their obligations to the Authority as soon as possible,” she said, while addressing the 23rd Session of the ISA at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on August 16.The Fund was established for the purpose of covering the cost of participation of members of the Legal and Technical Commission from developing countries and members of the Finance Committee from developing countries in the meetings of the Commission and of the Committee.Senator Johnson Smith said settling arrears is crucial given that the money could be exhausted by 2018, noting that the Authority cannot effectively perform its mandates without the requisite financial resources, and its viability could be threatened.“This presents a clear danger to the representation of developing countries in the Legal and Technical Commission as well as in the Finance Committee. Should this become a reality, we are all agreed that the work of these organs will not only become compromised, but null and void,” she argued.She further noted that adequate financing of the Authority also impacts its ability to undertake capacity-building in Member States, through workshops and internships, of which Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as Jamaica, are the primary beneficiaries.The Minister commended those countries that have made voluntary contributions to the Trust and Endowment funds, “and strongly encourage other Member States to do likewise”.“Other proposals for the replenishment of the Trust Fund should, of course, be considered and pursued,” she suggested.In the meantime, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica takes note of the Secretariat’s participation in the common system of the United Nations, which allows for cost-saving measures and the streamlining of operations in key areas such as human resources, procurement, information technology, travel and sharing common premises.“In these challenging times, the pursuit of cost-saving and efficiency measures is to be commended, as the optimal use of scarce resources is a priority for all Member States.”Headquartered at the Jamaica Conference Centre, ISA is an autonomous international organisation established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the Convention.The Authority is the body through which State parties to the Convention organise and control activities in the ocean, particularly with a view to administering its resources. This call comes from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who noted that several countries are in arrears for more than two years. Story Highlights She further noted that adequate financing of the Authority also impacts its ability to undertake capacity-building in Member States, through workshops and internships, of which Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as Jamaica, are the primary beneficiaries. Member States of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in arrears with their annual contributions to the body’s Voluntary Trust Fund are being urged to bring the payments up to date quickly.last_img read more